paralympics: High fives and then home as Davies edges bronze-medal decider

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PAUL Davies doesn’t do things the easy way and his London 2012 bronze medal match was no different – but he’s not sticking around to revel in it.

The 45-year-old table tennis player secured passage to the knockout stages of the Paralympic class 1 tournament after a dramatic win over Andreas Vevera.

Davies was on the verge of exiting at one stage with the defending champion on match point at 10-8 when leading 2-1 overall – however he had other ideas.

He was to win 3-2 but fell in straight sets to Holger Nikelis in the semi-final,

That set up a bronze-medal match with Chang Ho Lee of Korea on Monday and, if Davies’ semi-final was straight forward, this was back to a five-set affair.

Davies, who trains at the EIS in Sheffield, lost the first and third to trail 2-1 but he won the next two for a 3-2 victory- and it’s now back home to celebrate and not London and the closing ceremony.

“I go home now. I am not coming back for the closing ceremony; I am coming back for the heroes parade, though, 100 per cent,” said Davies.

Sheffield wheelchair tennis player Alex Jewitt. meanwhile, has crashed out of London 2012 after a straight sets doubles defeat to the tournament’s top seeds Stephane Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz at Eton Manor.

Jewitt, who lives in Sheffield but trains in Derby, and teammate David Phillipson went into the match as underdogs and it went with the form book as the duo lost 6-0, 6-2.

“The whole experience has been amazing and we’ve still enjoyed ourselves,” insisted Jewitt.

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