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Bronze for Newham’s Campbell

PUBLISHED: 06:44 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 06:44 08 May 2015

Jane Campbell in action

Jane Campbell in action

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Facey Thompson misses out to Spaniard

Ashley Facey Thompson shows off his skills (pic: Michael Loveder).Ashley Facey Thompson shows off his skills (pic: Michael Loveder).

Newham’s Jane Campbell was among the medals for the GB Para table-tennis team at the Slovenia Open, but Stratford’s Ashley Facey Thompson missed out.

GB took five singles medals, including bronze for Campbell and Kim Daybell, gold for Paul Karabardak and silvers for Will Bayley and Rob Davies.

Campbell had secured her place in the quarter-finals by beating American Pamela Fontaine 3-1 and saved four match points against Helena Dretar-Karic before going on to beat the Croatian 11-6 in the fifth.

World number four Andela Muzinic from Croatia was just too strong in the semi-final, though, and beat Campbell 3-0.

“I didn’t feel I could have played any better,” said Campbell. “To get a bronze medal in such a competitive event is very satisfying.”

Facey Thompson beat Dutchman Ronald Vijverberg 3-1 in the last 16 of men’s class nine singles to set up a quarter final against Juan Bautista Perez Gonzalez.

But the world number nine from Spain was in top form and took the match 3-0.

“To be honest he was on fire,” said Facey Thompson.

“I beat him last time and he just knew that he didn’t want to take any chances.

“He came out strong and it was difficult for me to get into the match. I tried my best but to be fair he was just too good.”


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