Liam selected for Olympics

English International Open Table Tennis Championships at EIS Sheffield ''Chesterfield's Liam Pitchford
English International Open Table Tennis Championships at EIS Sheffield ''Chesterfield's Liam Pitchford

Liam Pitchford has been selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Pitchford, 18, from Brimington, won two medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and he further demonstrated his potential at the European Championships where he beat four players ranked in the world top 100, including world number nine Vladimir Samsonov and number 20 Alexey Smirnov.

Liam was formally nominated selection to Team GB by the British Table Tennis Federation, the National Governing Body for table tennis in the UK.

The Chesterfield player, pictured, said: “I’m on top of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to play in a home Games at only 18 years old.

“Hopefully we can showcase British table tennis and where it’s at. We’ve had promising results in the last year or two so hopefully everyone’s going to be on top form.

“There are many top quality players in China and we’ve now got three weeks of great practice with them on training camp.

“The China Open is a chance to get more ranking points and I’m looking forward to the training because it will be different techniques in a different atmosphere.”