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Table Tennis Saturday, 3 August, 2002, 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK
England duo win gold
Gareth Herbert and Andrew Baggaley strike gold in the men's doubles
Herbert (left) and Baggaley (right) beat the Welsh pair

Andrew Baggaley and Gareth Herbert took gold for England in the table tennis men's doubles final.

They beat Welsh pair Ryan Jenkins and Adam Robertson 3-2 in a tense final.

England fought back from 5-1 and 9-6 down in the deciding game and then survived match points to win 11-9 11-3 8-11 11-9 17-15.

Baggaley, also a gold medallist in the team event, said: "This is amazing, absolutely incredible.

"We had to come from behind and it went right down to the wire, I could never have imagined this.

"I can't believe we did it. We were down in the fifth but we played well at the right times.

"We weren't going to let that gold medal slip. We just found our grip and were determined not to let it go."

Johhny Huang
Huang put his doubles misery behind him

Baggaley and Herbert upset the top-seeded Indians Raman Subramanian and Chetan Panduranga Baboor to reach the gold medal game.

And they outgunned Wales, who made the final after a controversial win over Canada.

But there was bad news elsewhere for the England team on Saturday.

Singapore's Yong Duan upset second seed Matt Syed as the host nation lost all three representatives in the Commonwealth Games men's singles.

And Alex Perry and Herbert were also knocked out as the semi-final line-up was decided.

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I perhaps felt the weight of expectation
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Matt Syed

Perry was convincingly beaten by Segun Toriola, of Nigeria, going down 11-6 12-10 11-3 9-11 13-11.

Herbert then followed with a 13-11 11-8 11-6 4-11 11-8 defeat against India's Chetan Baboor.

Syed's bad day became even worse as he was again beaten by Duan in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.

Syed and partner Katy Parker fought back from behind to force their match against Duan and Jia Wei Li into a deciding game, but the Singaporeans quickly snuffed out their revival.

Miao Miao advances

Elsewhere in the mixed doubles, Welsh rivals Ryan Jenkins and Bethan Daunton went down to New Zealand's Peter Jackson and Chunli Li.

Australians Brett Clarke and Jian Lay and Singapore's Tai Zhang and Jun Hing complete the mixed doubles semi-final line up.

Johnny Huang put the memory of his controversial exit from the doubles behind him to reach the semi-finals of the men's singles.

The Canadian stormed out of the arena on Friday, accusing Wales' Adam Robertson of cheating over a line call.

But Huang was on form as he returned to the action against Singapore's Tai Yong Zhang, coming through 11-6 11-7 11-7 12-10.

In the women's quarter-finals, Singaporean duo Jia Wei Li and Paey Tan came through against Karen Li of New Zealand and Canada's Lijuan Geng respectively.

New Zealand's Chunli Li and Miao Miao of Australia also made it through.

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