Wetherill loses out in shock Paralympic exit
PLYMOUTH table tennis star David Wetherill was knocked out of the London Paralympics last night.
He went down 3-1 to his German opponent and was pitched out of the singles competition on a similar system of scoring which saw him knocked out of the Beijing Paralympics four years ago.
In Beijing, the system allowed a player Wetherill had beaten to go through instead of him.
And in a brief interview after his defeat by last night's opponent Thomasz Kusiak, Wetherill said a similar thing had happened again.
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The Torpoint student, who was cheering on his Great Britain team-mate after his game, said: "I'm out on countback again.
"I'm going to digest what's happened, but I am massively disappointed."
It was a harsh defeat for Wetherill, ranked number five in the world.
Wetherill had been looking forward to playing in front of crowds in his own country after reaching the quarter-finals in Beijing four years ago.
His game against Kusiak had been for a place in the quarter-finals.
The 22-year-old started his Paralympic campaign so well on Thursday night, coming from two sets down to beat Italy's Raimondo Alecci at the Excel North Arena in front of a near capacity crowd of just under 6,000 spectators.
CITY-born wheelchair basketball star Judith Hamer hit some impressive stats during Great Britain's 51-24 group defeat by Australia yesterday – but still got a telling off for it.
Great Britain women's coach Garry Peel said he would give his wheelchair basketball team a 'lash of the tongue' after branding their performance an 'absolute disgrace'.
Hamer, originally from Plymstock, topped the Great Britain scoring charts with eight. She was also joint second-highest rebounder, with five.
Great Britain have lost both their matches so far after losing 62-35 against the Netherlands.