Britain’s lone remaining hope in the Olympic table tennis Paul Drinkhall produced the performance of his life to defeat world number-54 Yang Zi from Singapore 4-1 at the ExCel Arena.
The 22 year-old Middlesbrough born player enjoyed a sizzling start to the second-round encounter as he won the opening three games 11-7, 11-7, 11-8. One away from victory, his opponent from the Far East hit back to claim the fourth 11-4. However, it would prove to be a temporary setback for the twice Commonwealth medallist who went on to secure the match triumphing 11-9 in the fifth.
A huge task now awaits the world number-107 as he faces 8th seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the third round. However, the Brit will be hoping that the novelty of playing in his home Olympics can spur him on to another memorable performance on Monday, as the third round which sees the introduction of the competition’s top seeds commences.
Meanwhile, in the women’s singles Joanna Parker lost in her second round to German Kristin Silbereisen 4-1 to end British involvement in the competition.