Baggaley’s medal ambition

Andrew Baggaley
Andrew Baggaley

England’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete fancies his chances for picking up a sixth medal in Glasgow this week.

Andrew Baggaley leaves for Scotland this week, keen to add to his two gold medals he won in Manchester in 2002, his silver from Melbourne in 2006, and his silver and bronze medals won in Delhi 2010.

But even though the 31-year-old is England’s most successful athlete at the Games, Baggaley says he doesn’t feel pressure.

“No, I don’t feel that pressure,” he said. “I just want to play to my full potential.

“That’s what I’m always aiming to do, to peak at the right time. I’ve always got a chance to win a medal.”

And with a medal in each of his last three appearances at the Commonwealth Games, Baggaley fancies his chances of adding a sixth medal.

He said: “I’m always in there with a shot, my history has always been pretty good there so I’ve gota good chance to win something there.

“Once you get to the medal games, you naturally want gold, but I want to get to the medal games, and if I win one, I’ll be very happy.

“The Commonwealth Games is brilliant.

“It’s a massive occasion, and it’s a chanceto get table tennis on TV.

“These events are massive, and the biggest ones,as a British player,you’re going to play for.

“These are the ones I want to peak at. I’ve got to take it match by match and win something.”

Baggaley’s table tennis campaign gets underway on Friday.