Olympics News Articles


  • Mental strength is the key for Paul Drinkhall

    August 22, 2016

    Confidence, consistency, mental toughness and belief – those are the attributes Paul Drinkhall says he and his team-mates are adding to their world-class technical skills.

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  • Liam Pitchford aiming to Coast to Gold

    Liam Pitchford says winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has to be the next target after helping to deliver Team GB’s best Olympic performance.

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  • Sam Walker targets more big moments

    Sam Walker cemented a growing reputation as a big-match player in Rio and is now targeting more of the same as he looks to the next Olympic cycle.

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  • Tom determined to build on steep learning curve

    Tom Jarvis says his Rio Olympic experience has made him even more motivated to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

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  • Team GB stars climb the world rankings

    August 19, 2016

    Paul Drinkhall has climbed to a new personal high of No 32 in the world rankings and Team GB’s other players have also made signifiant strides.

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  • Ma stars as China complete clean sweep

    August 18, 2016

    Singles champion Ma Long showed why he is the world’s best player as his double helped China complete a clean sweep of gold medals after Japan had threatened an upset in the Olympic men’s team final.

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  • China crush Germany in women’s final

    August 17, 2016

    China made it three golds out of three in Rio as their women’s team swept aside Germany in the team final.

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  • China targeting double gold again

    August 16, 2016

    China and are on course for a clean sweep of Rio gold medals after booking their place in the men’s team final with victory over South Korea.

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  • We’re on the up, say Team GB stars

    August 14, 2016

    Team GB’s table tennis stars are backing themselves to push on from their impressive Rio displays and continue to make waves on the biggest stage.

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  • China too strong for brave GB

    Team GB’s Rio Olympic odyssey is over after a 3-0 defeat to China in the team quarter-finals – but the scoreline obscures a superb performance by Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall and Sam Walker.

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  • Walker: I never stopped believing

    August 13, 2016

    Focus and belief helped Sam Walker to turn around an amazing match against Simon Gauzy to put Great Britain into the Olympic team quarter-finals.

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  • Super Walker puts GB into quarters!

    Sam Walker saved three match points on his way to defeating world No 17 Simon Gauzy as Great Britain defeated France 3-2 to reach the Olympic team quarter-finals.

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  • Olympic gold ends a Long journey for Ma

    August 12, 2016

    Ma Long completed the set of major titles as he defeated compatriot and defending champion Zhang Jike in the Olympic men’s singles final.

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  • Paul Drinkhall’s Rio report

    August 11, 2016

    Listen to Paul Drinkhall talk about his epic match against Vladimir Samsonov in the men’s singles in Rio.

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  • Ding is golden girl in Rio

    China’s Ding Ning is the Olympic women’s singles champion, avenging her 2012 final defeat to Chinese compatriot Li Xiaoxia.

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  • Samsonov carries Europe’s medal hopes into semis

    August 10, 2016

    The Olympics table tennis singles competitions are down to the last four – with Paul Drinkhall’s conqueror Vladimir Samsonov the only non-Asian still in the competition.

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  • No regrets for proud Drinkhall as run ends

    August 9, 2016

    Paul Drinkhall says he couldn’t have done any more in his quest to reach the Rio Olympics quarter-finals and has no regrets.

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  • Superb Drinkhall bows out in thriller

    August 8, 2016

    Paul Drinkhall’s brilliant run at the Olympics was ended by Vladimir Samsonov in the last 16 – but not before Drinkhall had saved EIGHT match points.

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  • Pitchford bows out, but Drinkhall still going

    August 7, 2016

    Liam Pitchford found No 9 seed Youngsik Jeoung of Korea too hot to handle as his Men’s Singles bid came to an end in Rio.

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  • Drinkhall safely through to round 2

    Paul Drinkhall showed his class after a nervy opening two games to book his place in the second round of the Olympic Men’s Singles in Rio.

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