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Olympic Dreams - On shoot with Drinkhall

Olympic Dreams follows Paul Drinkhall going for the Olympics

BBC's Olympic Dreams is following some of GB's stars as they aim for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Table tennis players Paul Drinkhall and Darius Knight are involved again in the new series

The European Table Tennis qualifying tournament in Nantes

After losing the National Championships final, Drinkhall, GB's number one, heads to Nantes for the European Table Tennis qualifying tournament in early April with an Olympic place up for grabs

The Olympics Dreams cameras follow Paul Drinkhall

Drinkhall (world rank 194) needs a top-11 finish to qualify. Europe's top 128 men and women are playing, with the top two from each group progressing to the first round. Olympic Dreams saw the action

Paul Drinkhall loses his opener while coach Liu Jia-Yi looking on

A full house sees Drinkhall lose his opener 4-2 to France's Christophe Legout (world rank 62). Coach Liu Jia-Yi watches Drinkhall hit back to beat Spain's Victor Sanchez (world rank 241) in a seven-set thriller

Paul Drinkhall beats world number 70 Slobodan Grujic

In a must-win game, Drinkhall beats world number 70 Slobodan Grujic 4-0 to make the last 32. He says: "I had nothing to lose, I tried to play my game and I played probably the best I've ever played."

Paul Drinkhall relaxes with GB team-mate Gavin Rumgay

Drinkhall (left) takes time out from his busy schedule to catch up with Gavin Rumgay and his other GB team-mates. Joanna Parker, Kelly Sibley and Adam Robertson were also playing in Nantes

Paul Drinkhall takes on Poland's Daniel Gorak

Drinkhall does brilliantly, but is edged out 4-3 by France's Damien Eloi, the world's 41st best player. Players have three chances to progress though, so next up is Poland's Daniel Gorak (world rank 102)

Paul Drinkhall loses another match

Stamina is crucial in this five-day gruelling tournament and tiredness is creeping in. Drinkhall loses 4-1. It's last chance saloon, but Russian Fedor Kuzmin (world rank 82) is too strong and wins 4-2. It's all over

Paul Drinkhall reflects on his experiences in Nantes

Three more Olympic spots were available in May's world qualifying tournament in Budapest, but Drinkhall just missed out. His dream of conquering London 2012 lives on though


see also
Olympic Dreams: Meet Paul Drinkhall
04 Apr 08 |  Table Tennis
Drinkhall suffers Beijing setback
07 Apr 08 |  Table Tennis
Table tennis at the Royal Albert Hall
19 Mar 08 |  Table Tennis
Drinkhall targets Olympic glory
08 Mar 07 |  Table Tennis
Drinkhall captures national title
05 Mar 07 |  Table Tennis
London 2012 stadium in pictures
07 Nov 07 |  London 2012

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