Olympics table tennis: Games run is over for Rotherham’s Paul Drinkall

Great Britain's Table Tennis player Paul Drinkhall serves against Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany. Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Great Britain's Table Tennis player Paul Drinkhall serves against Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany. Nick Potts/PA Wire.
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Paul Drinkhall bowed out of the singles table tennis competition after a one-sided defeat to German right-hander Dimitrij Ovtcharov at the Excel Arena.

Drinkhall, 22, who lives in Rotherham and trains at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe, a three-time junior European champion, lost 11-8 11-5 11-9 11-4 in the third round.

Drinkhall started his tournament with a routine victory over Kuwait’s Ibrahem Al-Hasan and went on to shock Yang Zi of Singapore in the second round before meeting world number 12 Ovtcharov.

“I knew it was always going to be difficult,” he said, “because he has a very challenging style, a great serve and uses top-spin shots very effectively. You have to get into him early and it was important that I won the first set.

“I couldn’t do that though I did do much better in the third set but he kept his cool under pressure and closed out both that set and the match.”