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Athlete wins Olympic test event on the road to Rio

Paul Drinkhall Credit: Paul Drinkhall

Paul Drinkhall lived up to his number one seeding as he claimed the Men's Singles title at the Olympic test event in Rio.

The 25-year-old Loftus player was impressive in beating Thiago Monteiro of the host nation 4-0 (11-5, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7) to take the Aquece Rio International Tournament.

Drinkhall told the ITTF website it was very good to go and see the conditions in Rio:

The Brazilian team is very good, they have good players like Thiago and Cazuo, against Cazuo I had a very tough semi-final.

Also, Thiago is a very difficult opponent but I managed to keep on top of my game.

Hopefully I am going to be here next year and again with a positive result."

– Paul Drinkhall

Drinkhall out of Table Tennis Men's Singles

Teesside's Paul Drinkhall has been knocked out of the Table Tennis Men's Singles event at the Commonwealth Games.

The 24-year-old, from Loftus, was beaten 11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 (4-1) by India's Saratha Kamal Achanta at the Quarter-Final stage.

But Drinkhall will be back in action in the Men's Doubles Bronze Medal Match.

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Drinkhall edges out Reed in Mixed Doubles semi-final

Paul Drinkhall (right) and his wife Joanna Drinkhall are into the final of the Mixed Doubles Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Teesside's Paul Drinkhall is now guaranteed a silver medal in the Table Tennis Mixed Doubles at the Commonwealth Games.

The 24-year-old, from Loftus, and his wife Joanna Drinkhall beat Northallerton's Daniel Reed and Kelly Sibley 3-2 in a tense Semi-Final match in Glasgow.

The Drinkhall's won Game One 11-5, before Reed and Sibley levelled the match and then went 2-1 up in Game Three. But it was once again level at 2-2 in Game Four, before the Drinkhall's went on to clinch the final Game 11-8.

The result means Paul and Joanna Drinkhall face Liam Pitchford and Tin Tin Ho in an all-England Gold Medal Match. While Reed and Sibley will face Singapore in the Bronze match.

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