The GB Para Table Tennis Team picked up two medals in the singles events at the Czech Open in Ostrava today, with Torpoint’s David Wetherill and 18 year old Jack Hunter-Spivey from Widnes taking bronze in the men’s class 6 and class 5 respectively.
Wetherill, 23, won all three of his group matches 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals and was disappointed to lose a very close match to the experienced Brian Nielsen of Denmark, a former Paralympic silver medalist, 3-2. The GB player fought back from 2-0 down to level the match at 2-2 but lost the fifth and deciding game 11-8.
Hunter-Spivey, one of the GB Performance Squad’s most promising young players, finished runner-up in his group and progressed to the quarter-finals where he beat the higher ranked German Selcuk Cetin 3-1. He went on to take a game off the Paralympic champion and world number 2 Tommy Urhaug from Norway in the semi-finals, eventually going down 3-1 after four closely fought games.
However, there was disappointment for Paralympic bronze medalist Jane Campbell. The London player started with a 3-0 win against Polina Mokhova of Russia and in her second match against the world number 3 Alena Kanova of Slovakia fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2 before losing the fifth and deciding game 12-10. In her final group match she let a 2-0 lead slip against Helena Dretar Karic of Croatia, the world number 13, losing the match 3-2, a defeat that meant she did not progress from her group.
Fellow Londoner Ashley Facey Thompson was also disappointed not to progress from the group stages. The talented 18 year old found the world number 6 Iurii Nozdrunov of Russia too good and then lost a tight match to David Pulpan of the Czech Republic 3-1.
“It has been a mixed tournament so far,” said GB Performance Director Gorazd Vecko, “with some good performances and a few disappointments as well. Jack Hunter-Spivey played really well against Cetin and had his chances against Urhaug while David Wetherill also played very well in his group matches and went down fighting against the very experienced Nielsen. Jane Campbell came very close to beating the world number 3 but should have beaten Dretar Karic and Ashley Facey Thompson was also very disappointed with his performance but will improve for the experience.”
All four GB players, plus development player Martin Perry from Paisley, are in action in the team events which conclude today. (Saturday, September 14).
For further information, please contact the GB Para Table Tennis Team press officer Francesca Bullock on 07768 515841 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org