Rob Davies becomes new World number one

Newly crowned European Champion Rob Davies has reached the top of the ITTF Para Table Tennis World Rankings in the men’s class 1 category, replacing Paralympic and World champion Holger Nikelis from Germany as the new world number 1.

Rob Davies with European gold medalThe 29 year old former rugby player from Brecon was ranked 5 before the European Championships but defeated Nikelis in the semi-finals on his way to winning gold in the singles, having earlier beaten Jean-Francois Ducay, the world ranked number 3 Frenchman who had ended his Paralympic dream in the group stages in London 2012.  Davies recorded another victory over Nikelis in the team event in which he and fellow Welshman Paul Davies also took gold.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Davies. “At the start of the year I wanted to improve my world ranking and medal at the European Championships and to do what I have done is more than I could have dreamed of so I’m just very happy.”

GB Performance Director Gorazd Vecko was full of praise for the Welshman: “Rob was very disappointed after London but came back this year more determined than ever. He has worked very hard in the training hall and the gym and really deserves his success.”

The next major target for Davies and the rest of the GB squad is the World Championships in China next September.