England ready to halt Singapore dominance
England is ready to break Singapore's Commonwealth Games supremacy in table tennis at Gold Coast 2018, according to England men's team coach Marcus Sjoberg.
Since the sport was introduced at Manchester 2002, Singapore has dominated, and at Glasgow 2014 was only a mixed doubles gold medal away from a clean sweep.
Denying them that honour was England, who won mixed doubles gold, silver and bronze, and the English team are expecting more success at GC2018.
"We are ranked two after India and our goal is to come away with gold medals in the men’s events," Sjoberg said.
"We know we have a good team but so have other countries. Teams are stacked with great players not just one standout player."
The coach is banking on two of his players backing up performances from Glasgow 2014 to provide an experienced edge.
Liam Pitchford took bronze in the men’s singles and silver in the men’s team and mixed doubles, and is competing at his third Commonwealth Games.
The other is Paul Drinkhall, who was bundled out in the men's singles quarterfinals four years ago, but then teamed up with his wife Joanna Drinkhall to win the mixed doubles. They will not be defending their gold medal at GC2018.
"In the singles there are six to eight players capable of winning gold, including our own Pitchford and Drinkhall," Sjoberg said.
"We are looking forward to competing as it is a very open medal race."
Table tennis begins at Oxenford Studios on Thursday 5 April with the men's and women's team competitions group stage.
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This article was produced by Games News Service.