Olympic star Liam has done us proud

Liam Pitchford Commonwealth Table Tennis Medal Winner.
Liam Pitchford Commonwealth Table Tennis Medal Winner.

Table tennis ace Liam Pitchford did Chesterfield proud when he starred in the London Olympics.

Liam – alongside Paul Drinkhall and Andrew Baggaley – put in a thrilling performance but lost to Portugal three games to one in the first round of the table tennis team event last Friday.

Despite the result, Cestrefeldians will be proud of 19-year-0ld rising star Pitchford, who won his opening game.

On Twitter shortly after the game, Liam said: “Thanks for all the support guys – it was amazing.

“We gave it our best but it just wasn’t to be.

“We’ll come back stronger though!”

Scores of supporters have taken to the social networking site to back Liam, currently ranked number one table tennis player in England.

Danielle tweeted: “You and the rest of Team GB did so well – you should be proud.

“It’s a shame we won’t go any further.”

Hannah Hicks said: “Unlucky lads!

“Seriously good effort and thoroughly enjoyed watching!”

Derbyshire Sport added: “Well done Liam.

“A great gutsy performance – first Olympics and no sign of nerves!

“An inspiration to Derbyshire athletes.”

At Brimington Social Club, proud members praised Liam.

Club chairman Barry Simpson said: “We’ve financially supported Liam over the years and I’m delighted to see he’s achieved so much.”

Dalton Johnson added: “He’s done us all proud. I’ll have to buy him a drink when he gets back.”

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