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Table-tennis: Silver lining for Facey Thompson

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 October 2017

Ashley Facey Thompson celebrates with Kim Daybell (pic ITTF)

Ashley Facey Thompson celebrates with Kim Daybell (pic ITTF)

ZIGA ZUPAN 2016

Newham’s Ashley Facey Thompson and Kim Daybell won silver in the class 10 team event at the Euro Para Table Tennis Championships in Slovenia.

Kim Daybell, coach Mat Kenny and Ashley Facey Thompson (pic British Para Table Tennis)Kim Daybell, coach Mat Kenny and Ashley Facey Thompson (pic British Para Table Tennis)

The 22-year-old from Stratford reached the final of their competition with a magnificent performance against Rio Paralympic silver medalists Spain, winning the doubles 3-0.

Class nine player Facey Thompson then played one of the best matches of his life to push class 10 former world and European champion Jose Ruiz Reyes to five sets, saving two match points in the fourth before losing 11-6 in the fifth.

Daybell then won the deciding singles against Jorge Cardona in five games to book a place in the final against world champions Poland.

The British duo started well, taking the first set of the doubles, before Patrky Chojnowski and Igor Misztal came back to win the match 3-1.

Facey Thompson fought hard against Misztal in the first singles, losing 3-1, but said: “We could easily have been happy with the bronze, but we pushed on and beat a quality team and I’m really happy with that.

“Our doubles was good and in my match against Ruiz I played my hardest and believed in myself – it was a really good match.

“His quality took over in the fifth set but I’m really happy with how I played.

“Class 10 is not my class but I feel that I am in the mix and playing strong against them. They are having to battle against me and that is giving me more belief to go and perform like that against the players in my class.”

Daybell added: “It really did mean a lot to win silver, and to win it with Ash and share that experience, it is something we have both been working for a long, long time so it is good.

“I think Ash is playing great now and I am hopefully going to be able to improve my level a bit more and if we can keep going with that there is no reason we can’t become one of the best teams in the world.”


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