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Campbell and Facey Thompson celebrate at Czech Opene
Great Britain’s Para Table Tennis Team picked up four medals in team events at the Czech Open in Ostrava last night, with London duo Jane Campbell and Ashley Facey Thompson among those celebrating.
Newham-based Campbell, an Olympic bronze medalist at the London 2012 Games, won silver in the women’s class 1-3 event alongisde Alena Kanova.
And Stratford teen Facey Thompson, partnered by Andreas Aulie, won bronze in the men’s class 9-10 competition.
GB’s Jack Hunter-Spivey, partnered by the Bart Brands, won bronze in the class 5 event, as David Wetherill combined with Martin Perry to win bronze in the class 6-7 team event.
Campbell had a good win in the round-robin format team event against in-form Marie-Christine Fillou of France, who had taken silver in the women’s class 3 singles.
And Campbell and Kanova were in with a chance of gold going into their final match against the Croatian pair of Andela Muzinic and Helena Dretar Karic, but had to settle for silver after losing the match 3-1.
“I played reasonably well,” said Campbell, “but not quite good enough. I lost three of my singles matches in the fifth game so had my chances but couldn’t quite convert them into wins.
“This will definitely help my preparation for the European Championships. I’ve learnt a lot of things about some of my competitors and I know what I have to work on now.”
The 18-year-old Facey Thompson, a class 9 player, recorded a win against Nixon Reyes from Costa Rica in the group stages and in the semi-final lost a very close match 11-9 in the fifth game to the class 10 Brazilian Carlos Carbinatti.
He was disappointed with his overall performance despite a bronze medal but determined to learn from the experience and said: “It wasn’t my best tournament but I have learnt a lot.
“I didn’t play my best because I was too nervous and I can use this experience to help me prepare for matches so I can play more freely and not be afraid to lose.”
Head coach Greg Baker was satisfied that the tournament will prove a useful preparation for the four players going in to the European Championships later this month.
He said: “It’s been great match practice for the players. Jane has learnt some new things about her class 3 opponents, Jack is getting closer to the top players in class 5 and all the players can use the experience from this tournament to good effect in the European Championships.”