December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
Stratford teen misses out on medal
Stratford’s Ashley Facey Thompson missed out on a medal at the European Table Tennis Championships yesterday.
The 18-year-old and GB Para teammate Kim Daybell needed to beat their French rivals to make it onto the podium in the men’s class 10 team event.
But the task proved just beyond them as a combination of nerves and inexperience resulted in a 3-2 loss.
The doubles contest proved crucial to the outcome, as Daybell said: “The doubles was a big match. They played a really good match to be fair and kept the ball on the table.
“They knew we were nervous and did what they had to do to win.”
Daybell, 21, won both his singles matches and is determined to learn from the experience.
He added: “We know we’re ready and it is obvious to everyone we are competing with the best players.
“We are clearly as good as them, we’re involved in close games and it is just about crossing the finish line.
“Next time I’ll come back and try to play a little more freely and hopefully the results will be different.”
GB’s Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak are guaranteed at least a bronze in the class 6-7 event, while Rob Davies and Paul Davies can still win gold in the class 1 competition.
London-based Jane Campbell and partner Sara Head had a tough start to the defence of their class 3 title, losing 3-1 to their Italian rivals, who they beat to win Paralympic bronze last year.
But the GB duo beat France 3-1 in their second match to keep their medal hopes alive.
Campbell said: “We’ve still got all to play for. There is no way of working out who needs to do what at the moment so we’ve just got to try and win our final two matches against Turkey and Croatia.”