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Mixed fortunes for GB Para table-tennis squad
There was disappointment for London duo Jane Campbell and Ashley Facey Thompson at the Czech Open in Ostrava.
Paralympic bronze medalist Campbell started with a 3-0 win against Polina Mokhova of Russia and in her second match against world number three Alena Kanova of Slovakia fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2 before losing the fifth and deciding game 12-10.
In her final group match Newham-based Campbell let a 2-0 lead slip against Helena Dretar Karic of Croatia, the world number 13, and lost the match 3-2, a defeat that meant she did not progress from her group.
Stratford teenager Facey Thompson was also disappointed not to progress from the group stages.
The talented 18-year-old found the world number six Iurii Nozdrunov of Russia too good and then lost a tight match to David Pulpan of the Czech Republic, 3-1.
But the GB Para Table Tennis Team picked up two medals, with David Wetherill and Jack Hunter-Spivey winning bronze in the men’s class six and class five singles, respectively.
Wetherill, 23, won all three of his group matches 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals and was disappointed to lose a very close match to the experienced Brian Nielsen of Denmark, a former Paralympic silver medalist, 3-2.
The GB player fought back from 2-0 down to level the match at 2-2 but lost the fifth and deciding game 11-8.
Hunter-Spivey, one of the GB Performance Squad’s most promising young players, finished runner-up in his group and progressed to the quarter-finals where he beat the higher ranked German Selcuk Cetin 3-1.
He went on to take a game off the Paralympic champion and world number 2 Tommy Urhaug from Norway in the semi-finals, eventually going down 3-1 after four closely fought games.
“It has been a mixed tournament so far, with some good performances and a few disappointments as well,” ” said GB Performance Director Gorazd Vecko.
“Jack Hunter-Spivey played really well against Cetin and had his chances against Urhaug while David Wetherill also played very well in his group matches and went down fighting against the very experienced Nielsen.
“Jane Campbell came very close to beating the world number three, but should have beaten Dretar Karic, and Ashley Facey Thompson was also very disappointed with his performance but will improve for the experience.”
All four GB players, plus development player Martin Perry from Paisley, are in action in the team events which conclude today (Saturday).