Liam Pitchford proud of Commonwealth Games bronze for England
Liam Pitchford was proud of the way England recovered from an agonising semi-final defeat to claim team bronze at the Commonwealth Games.
The squad went into the event with high hopes of gold, but were beaten in a thriller by Nigeria in the last four, despite Paul Drinkhall giving them an ideal start with a 3-2 victory over Segun Toriola.
Bode Abiodun came from 2-0 down to beat Pitchford 3-2 and Nigeria moved ahead when Toriola & Olajide Omotayo beat Drinkhall and Sam Walker.
Pitchford, 24, revived England’s hopes with a 3-2) defeat of Omotayo, but Abiodun was the hero as he sunk Walker 3-2 in another dramatic match.
It was a sixth Commonwealth Games medal for Pitchford, who moved level with Andrew Baggaley as the English table tennis athlete with most medals.
He said: “It was tough especially to come off after a loss and have to reset and get ready for a bronze medal match.
“It’s not easy but I was really proud of the boys. I thought we performed really well in that match. It wasn’t the medal we came for but it’s a medal, so I’m really happy.”
England had reached the semi-finals with routine 3-0 group victories over Ghana and Guyana and another 3-0 scoreline, against Northern Ireland, in the quarter-finals.