At the end of June, our Gymphlex Hero Liam and the University of Nottingham Table Tennis team ventured to Olomouc, in the Czech Republic for the 8th European Table Tennis Championship. The event includes 19 different sports, in which university students across Europe come together to show & challenge their skills, make friends and share different cultures.
We caught up with Liam for a report of the event and the results of Liam and his team mates!
''The 2017 European Universities Table Tennis Championships hosted in Olomouc, Czech Republic, featured the University of Nottingham Men's and Woman's first teams. This year both teams went into the competition with an extremely good chance of medalling.
In the team event, the men's team consisting of Danny Reed, Adam Harrison, Gabriel Achampong, Liam McTiernan and Garth Kinlocke finished strong in their group, winning every match against Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic and Germany. In the quarter final the team faced Poland, but unfortunately failed to pick up a final win, losing the match 3-2.
The UoN woman's team featuring Jenny Liu, Maria Tsaptsinos and Yolanda King reached the semi final against Poland, however unfortunately it wasn't to be as UoN went down 3-0 but fighting. Overall, the UoN men and woman finished in a record high final position, with the woman winning a bronze medal.
In the singles, I lost in the last 64 to a player from Sweden. However, I came back in the doubles event with partner Gabirel Achamping, fighting back from 2-0 down in the last 16 to beat a top seeded Polish pair 3-2. However, in the quarter final the pair then lost a close encounter to Turkey.
This year at EUSA 2017 saw the UoN Table Tennis Team's most successful European championships, winning two bronze medals and one silver overall. It was a great experience and event to play in my third European Universities Table Tennis Championships. Getting to the quarter final in both the team event and doubles event is a record for myself and the university.''
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