Baggaley pleased with his Commonwealth Games silver medal

Table tennis silver medalists
Table tennis silver medalists

Table tennis ace Andrew Baggaley was pleased to add a sixth Commonwealth Games medal to his collection, but admitted he’d have preferred it to be gold.

The 31-year-old took silver in Glasgow last week in the team event, losing out 3-1 to Singapore in the final.

It’s the sixth Commonwealth Games medal of Baggaley’s career - joining the two golds he picked up in Manchester in 2002 when table tennis was first introduced to the games, a silver from Melbourne in 2006 and a silver and bronze at Delhi in 2010.

But while he’s pleased to come back from Glasgow with a silver medal, he’s disappointed it wasn’t a gold.

“Of course it’s a shame we couldn’t win the gold medal,” Baggaley said. “But I’m really happy with a silver medal, making it my sixth medal at the Commonwealth Games.

“It was a great tournament, and I think we’re all happy to come away with a medal.”

Baggaley, along with doubles partner Paul Drinkhall, scored England’s only victory in the final, before Baggaley lost to Jian Zhan in the fourth and final game.

He said: “It was hard, because I was still in doubles mode, while Zhan was sitting there, fresh, waiting.

“It was a draining match too. The doubles pair we beat went on to win the gold, and have beaten the top Chinese pair, so we were pretty pleased with that.”

Baggaley isn’t the only MK-based athlete to have come away from the Commonwealth Games with a medal - Greg Rutherford won gold in the long jump, while the badminton team, who train in Loughton, won the team event and mixed doubles from Oakgrove couple Chris and Gabby Adcock (see page 8).

“It’s good to see Milton Keynes getting recognition,” said Baggaley. “There are a lot of athletes from around here, and it’s good to see them do well.”

Now though, Baggaley will be taking time away from the table, before training with a new type of ball being introduced in leagues all over the world.

He said: “It’s made of a different material, so it will change almost every aspect of the game. I’ve not had much time to train with it, so I’ve got a lot of work ahead.”