European table tennis champion Rob Davies from Wales has become the world number one in the men’s category 1 for Paralympic table tennis overtaking world champion Holger Nikelis from Germany.
Before the European championships the former rugby player was ranked 5th in the world. Continue reading
London Olympic champion Zhang Jike beat the man who took Bronze at the same Olympics the German Ovtcharov Dimitrij 3-0 at the Asia – Europe Table Tennis All Stars Challenge on Sunday.
The first game was one 11-9 and the following games where won 11-2 and 11-9 to finish the game 3-0.
The Asian team managed to win seven matches out of ten over the two day event. Xiao Zhan, the coach of the Asian Team said: ”We won the series 7-3, but it didn’t represent that Asian table tennis lead Europe’s so much. You can see some matches are very tough,”
Ross Wilson will be representing Great Britain in the Paralympics and has vowed to give it his best shot.
He believes the home crowd could give him an extra advantage to his games Ross has just turned 17, and will play in front of 5,000 people on saturday at 11AM so don’t miss out.
Wilson said: “It’s been hard to adapt to everything over the past year but I have been enjoying every second of it.”
The competition could see Ross face the No.1 Emil Andersson who he will be seeking revenge after he beat him in European championships.
He added this “He’s a good player but there are two Chinese players who are strong too.”
China sweeped up the medals in the London Olympics taking home 4 gold medals and 2 silver medals. They have now set the pace for other countries to challenge with some very good challengers coming through from the U.S, Japan, Korea and Germany. But we will have to wait for years when the Olympics comes to Rio, Brazil for these players who are coming through to challenge for these medals.
As for Great Britain we are a long way off to competing at the top but there is still hope.
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