Rotherham-based Paul Drinkhall ready for next challenge

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ROTHERHAM-BASED Paul Drinkhall has swiftly put behind him yesterday’s defeat in the last 32 of the table tennis singles.

The 22-year-old, who trains at the English Institute of Sport surpassed all expectations by winning his first two games before falling to world number 12 Dimitrij Ovtcharov 4-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4).

Drinkhall’s Games aren’t over. The team event starts on Friday with Chesterfield’s Liam Pitchford and Andrew Baggaley. He also has his sights even further ahead to the Rio Games of 2016. “Here and in the past, I have proved I can compete with the best players,” he said. “I have beaten some top players.

“My win yesterday was a good result and doing that on a big stage like the Olympics proves that I can beat those sorts of players.

“Today was a bit of a different level again, but training starts now, or after the team event, for Rio. I am pretty sure and confident that I will be there.”

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