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Gilroy wins table tennis gold for dad

04 August 2002

England's Sue Gilroy took gold in the women's wheelchair singles event and dedicated it to her father, Ray, who has been seriously ill.

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Gilroy bats her way to gold

Gilroy's win makes it triple gold for England in the Manchester Commonwealth Games, adding to victories in the men's team and men's doubles.

She breezed past her opponent, South Africa's Alette Moll taking the match in three games, 11-5, 13-11, 11-3. It was her wide-angled shots and consistent play which gave her the edge in the match and won her gold.

Having played the South African three weeks ago in the world team event in Holland in a five-game contest, Gilroy was prepared for a tough match but played at the top of her form and led easily in the final game.

Her victory was cheered on by a full Team England camp, and her win was received by a warm hug from her coach and her son, Ryan. She commented:

"I'm absolutely stunned. It is something I've always dreamed of. It doesn't compare to other golds I've won. You can never dream of being a Commonwealth medallist. I won it for my Dad, Ray, who has been seriously ill."

"I've played Alette Moll once before - three weeks ago at the World Team Cup in Holland. That match went to five sets so I was expecting a tough match. I was prepared to be out there for five games - I didn't ever expect to win it in three. But I knew that if I played as well as I did yesterday, I had a good chance."

The silver medal went to South Africa's Alette Moll with joint bronze going to Australia's Joy Boyd and England's Cathy Mitton.

Alette Moll said: "My chance will come again. I went for shots and tried to keep the ball on the table. When I went to my coach for instruction, he just told me to keep focus. The atmosphere here has been fantastic - I have thoroughly enjoyed it."

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