Olympic Table Tennis – Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Games



Olympic Table Tennis – Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Games
Briton Drinkhall dominates the table tennis test in Rio
Great Britain’s Paul Drinkhall made his long journey to Rio worthwhile by winning the men’s singles event at the Aquece Rio International Table Tennis Tournament on November 19.
Drinkhall, the world number 57, was the only non-South American among the 44 contenders at this Olympic test event but showed no signs of cross-Atlantic jetlag when defeating the Brazilian player Thiago Monteiro 11-5, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7 in the final. “I’m very happy that I came, “ said the Drinkhall, the British number one. “Of course it’s very nice to win, but the most important thing was to come and see the place, and I hope this will help me next year.”
That was as far as the disappointment for local players went, as Brazil won all
three of the other events to impress a 700-strong crowd inside Riocentro Pavilion 4. Monteiro’s defeat to Drinkhall was offset by victory alongside Eric Jouti and Cazuo Matsumoto in the men’s team event, while Lin Gui won the women’s singles final against Caroline Kumahara and the trio of Lin, Kumahara and Bruna Takahashi took gold in the women’s team competition.