Another medal for Newham’s Campbell
PUBLISHED: 08:59 10 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 May 2015
GB Para table tennis squad shine in Slovenia
Newham’s Jane Campbell helped Great Britain’s Para table-tennis team enjoy a productive final day of competition at the Slovenia Open.
Campbell and partner Sara Head took bronze in the women’s class three event, while Will Bayley and Billy Shilton won gold in the men’s class seven final against the world champions from Spain and Megan Shackleton combined with Alena Kanova to win silver in the women’s class four competition.
London 2012 Paralympic bronze medalists Campbell and Head put up a good fight against Turkey in the semi-final and were level at 1-1 after the first singles matches.
Head lost in four close sets to Hatice Duman but Campbell came back from 2-1 down against Nergiz Altintas to beat the world number seven 11-3 in the fifth.
A 3-0 loss in the doubles left them needing to win both reverse singles, but although Head rallied from 2-0 down against Altintas to win the third set the Turk just edged the fourth 11-9 to take the match 3-1 and the tie 3-1.
Nevertheless after the disappointment of last year’s World Championships it was a promising performance by the GB pair and a second bronze medal of the tournament for Campbell.
“I was very pleased to beat Altintas and this will definitely give me confidence for the rest of the season,” she said.
“I think I’ve played as well as I could - my forehand has been working really well and that is what is making the difference.
“I lost confidence in it a bit in Italy and now I’ve got no reason not to be confident and that is a good feeling.”
Head can also look forward to her next competition in Germany later this month after a winter disrupted by illness.
“Both my singles could have gone either way, but it wasn’t my day,” she said.
“I’m happy with my performance at this tournament considering my lack of winter training and hopefully now with some good training things can keep improving.”
GB Performance Director Gorazd Vecko added: “I think it has been a really good tournament for us. Paul Karabardak winning a gold medal in class six when only two of the world’s top 10 players were missing was a brilliant result.
“Will Bayley and Billy Shilton had a great result to take a gold medal in the team event and to beat the world champions in the final.
“We are also very happy with the young players, Megan Shackleton taking silver in the team and coming very close to beating the world number six in the singles. “Overall the performance of the team was great and now we go on to Slovakia and try and maintain the results there and then later this month in Germany.”
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