Rio Olympians named in England squad for Table Tennis World Championships
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Rio Olympians named in England squad for Table Tennis World Championships

22 March 2017 / 16:05

All three of the men to represent Team GB in table tennis at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games have been selected in a four-strong England team heading to Dusseldorf for May's World Championships.

Paul Drinkhall – who at Rio 2016 became only the third Brit in history to reach the last 16 stage of an Olympic singles competition – Liam Pitchford and Sam Walker will all travel to Germany for the event which begins on May 29.

The trio beat France in round one of the team event in Brazil last summer before being knocked out by China.

They will be joined in Germany by David McBeath and, after the team events last year in which England won bronze, the quartet will appear in the singles and doubles events.

At the last Worlds in Suzhou in 2015, Pitchford reached the last 32 – the best performance by an English player since 1999 – and Drinkhall the last 64.

Meanwhile, with Kelly Sibley and Tin-Tin Ho unavailable for selection the decision was taken to not send any women to Germany on this occasion.

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