The Paralympics in Rio from September 7th to 18th have just finished and the results of GB Table Tennis team members Rob Davies and Kim Daybell have been more than great!
Both GB players were drawn in a group of 3 players. They both won their two matches to be first in their groups and advance to the knock out stages. Kim Daybell lost facing the chinese player Lian HAO in the quarter final (3-1) in a very close match.
Rob Davies, on his side, by beating Silvio Keller and Andrea Borgato 3-2, went through the quarter final against Jean-François Ducay 3-0. The semi-final was next, facing Endre Major to book his place in the Paralympic table tennis final (3-1).
The world number 1 of his category of wheelchair table tennis won the gold medal after a great match against Young Dae JOO (3-1) and became the new Paralympic table tennis champion in his category.
“I can’t believe I kept it together, I have never beaten him before, I’ve only ever lost to him twice so to keep it together at the end was great.”
“I’ve just got to thank so many people. I’ve been working so hard and it’s paid off today. I’m just really chuffed. I’ve got a gold medal for ParalympicsGB!”
There were lots of fantastic performances from the team GB Paralympic table tennis team. Will Bayley won a gold medal in the Class 7 men’s table tennis singles defeating home favourite Israel Pereira in an enthralling final match.
Will Bayley with Ross Wilson and Aaron Mckibben also won a bronze medal inthe Men’s Team Class 6-8.
There was so many memorable and inspirational moments through out the Rio table tennis Paralympics.
No one more inspiring than table tennis sensation Ibrahim Hamato playing without the use of his arms!
Click to view him in action courtesy of ITTF official channel.
Both Rob Davies and Kim Daybell are sponsored by Topspin Sports