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The first medal of the Games in Table Tennis was a Men's Team bronze. After a narrow defeat to Singapore in the semi-finals, the squad of Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall, Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker dominated Nigeria to win 3-0 in the bronze medal match.

The para players joined the fray as the Singles competitions started, and it was Jack Hunter-Spivey who provided a golden glow by topping the podium in the Men's Class 3-5 Singles, defeating a Nigerian opponent. 

Ross Wilson was next on the podium, also defeating a Nigerian opponent in a thrilling five-set match to take bronze in the Men's Class 8-10 Singles.

In the Doubles competition, Tom Jarvis and Charlotte Bardsley provided one of the big shocks of the competition, knocking out the second seeds from Singapore in the second round of the Mixed Doubles. 

The pair made an incredible comeback and got the fans out of their seats when they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall bagged gold, beating Indian opponents to become the first pair in Games history to defend their Men's Doubles title. Pitchford also became the first English player to reach a singles gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games and ended the tournament with silver. Paul Drinkhall was in the bronze medal match and narrowly missed out on a podium spot.

Team England previous table tennis medals

Paul
Drinkhall
Table Tennis
Paul
Drinkhall
Table Tennis
Liam
Pitchford
Table Tennis
Ross
Wilson
Table Tennis
Liam
Pitchford
Table Tennis
Paul
Drinkhall
Table Tennis
Liam
Pitchford
Table Tennis
Paul
Drinkhall
Table Tennis
Tin-Tin
Ho
Table Tennis
Liam
Pitchford
Table Tennis
Kim
Daybell
Table Tennis
>
Paul
Drinkhall
Table Tennis
Liam
Pitchford
Table Tennis
Kelly
Sibley
Table Tennis
Liam
Pitchford
Table Tennis
Paul
Drinkhall
Table Tennis
Liam
Pitchford
Table Tennis
Sam
Walker
Table Tennis
David
McBeath
Table Tennis
Kelly
Sibley
Table Tennis
Denise
Payet
Table Tennis
9
Gold
7
Silver
10
Bronze
26
Total

Team England's training buddies Kim Daybell and Ross Wilson fight for gold. Three match points and Ross Wilson wins the gold medal in the men's singles para-class against very good friend and fighting the odds. 

You might need to know...

Singles matches are decided over the best of seven games
Each game is won by the player who scores 11 points, a player must win a game by two clear points
Points are scored by bouncing the ball twice on the opponent’s side of the net or by the ball hitting the floor after having hit the table - shots which hit the floor having not first bounced on the table are “out” and the point is conceded
The singles tournament has a group draw of unseeded players with the winners of each group facing the top 16 seeds in the first of the knock-out rounds

Table Tennis has been in the Commonwealth Games as an optional sport since 2002, with singles and doubles events for both men and women. Wheelchair play has been also an optional event for elite athletes with a disability since the inclusion of para sports in 2002. 

Team Leader

Matt Stanforth

Matt Stanforth

Matt’s role as Programme Manager at Table Tennis England involves the overall management of all the performance programmes within the pathway, with players as young as 9 years old, through to senior athletes competing at World class level.

Matt has worked for Table Tennis England since 2008, firstly as the North-East of England Regional Coach and from 2013 as National Coach with the youth and senior squads.

Before becoming a full-time coach, Matt was a voluntary coach at his local club, Ormesby Table Tennis Club in Middlesbrough where he had played since he was 15.

Matt Stanforth
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