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Drinkhall suffers Beijing setback

Paul Drinkhall
Drinkhall has one more chance to qualify for Beijing

Britain's Paul Drinkhall missed the chance to book an Olympic place at the European Table Tennis qualifying tournament in Nantes.

The 18-year-old from Middlesbrough lost to Poland's Daniel Gorak on Friday.

The British number one, who is ranked 194th in the world, was then beaten 4-3 by France's Damien Eloi on Saturday.

Drinkhall will try to book one of the remaining two Olympic places at the World Qualifying Tournament in Budapest, which starts on 8 May.

No Briton has won a medal since table tennis became part of the Olympic programme in 1988.

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see also
Olympic Dreams: Meet Paul Drinkhall
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Table tennis at the Royal Albert Hall
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Olympic Dreams - Paul Drinkhall
03 Oct 07 |  London 2012
Drinkhall captures national title
05 Mar 07 |  Table Tennis
Table tennis guide
28 Feb 06 |  Table Tennis

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