Commonwealth Games success

The performance of the England table tennis team at The Commonwealth Games has exceeded all expectations. 

A silver medal in the Mens' team event was the first podium finish for the English , losing 3-1 in the final to the Singaporeans , members of which have spent several years in the Chinese national team. 

The most outstanding result was the English teams  1-2-3 result in the Mixed Doubles.

A gold medal for husband and wife pairing Paul and Jo Drinkhall , who defeated 15 year old Tin Tin Ho and Liam Pitchford in the fifth end.  

Leamington based Kelly Sibley and Danny Reed had earlier set the ball rolling in the bronze medal match with a magnificent 3-1 win , coming back from a set down against their higher ranked Singapore opponents. 

Englands fifth medal was secured by 21 year old Liam Pitchford , based in Derbyshire , who took a bronze medal in the Mens Singles by defeating Sharath Kamal Achanta of India. 

All at Colebridge would wish to congratulate those involved in these encouraging results and would hope that the newly re-branded Table Tennis England would consolidate on this success with investment not only in the elite athletes who compete professionally at national level but also in the grass roots of table tennis , from where these players came. 

Author: via Colebridge Table Tennis Club
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