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- Updated: November 23, 2010
South African’s table tennis contingent at the 2010 Commonwealth Games can look back at their achievements with confidence.
The men’s team, made up of Shane Overmeyer, Theo Cogill, Luke Abrahams, Kurt LIngeveldt, Itumeleng Molahloe and coached by Marcus Gustafson, ended in sixth spot in the team competition.
A total of 26 teams had entered and South Africa did well to place sixth, an improvement of 10 spots since the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
The five teams above South Africa were Singapore, England, India, Nigeria and Australia.
In the mens Singles Event, Overmeyer, Cogill and Abrahams made it through to the knockout stages while the youthful newcomers, Lingeveldt and Molahloe, posted encouraging performances in the group stages.
Overmeyer was knocked out of contention in the second round of the knockout stages by India’s second seed.
In the mens Doubles Event, Overmeyer and Abrahams were defeated in the third round by an imposing pair of athletes from Nigeria.
On the Para Table Tennis front, Alett Moll fought bravely to the bitter end but was consigned to fourth place by highly motivated arch-rivals and deserves a round of applause for her Commonwealth performances.