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Team England stay on course for table tennis gold

29 July 2002

Herbert helps England through a stern test against India to book a place in the team final.


England have swept aside India in a well-fought four match contest at the table tennis centre.

England’s Gareth Herbert, ranked 135 in the world came through a testing ordeal against Chetan Baboor – a match he was not expected to win.

Matthew Syed was full of praise for his 21-year-old team mate: “He’s young. He wasn’t expected to win and he took his chances.”

England must now be considered favourites for the gold, and will play either Singapore or Nigeria in the final.

Syed continued: “It’s tough, very, very tough. We would prefer to play Nigeria of course. Singapore is very, very difficult. Team spirit is very strong. The guys have demonstrated excellent professionalism in the lead-up. I think that gives us one per cent more, and that’s important.”

Coach of India Zoran Djokic said: “It was an open match. Chetan missed out on his second match, which we were counting as a win. Therefore it [a win] would have come in an advantage in the fifth. One match turned it all around.

“We are satisfied, we are in the best four teams.”

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