Table tennis: Great Britain's Paul Drinkhall targets Rio Olympics after exit


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Great Britain's Paul Drinkhall immediately set himself the target of qualifying by right for the next Olympic Games after being knocked out of the singles in London yesterday.

The 22-year-old has thrilled crowds over the last two days, with Sunday's shock victory over Singapore's Yang Zi one he will savour. But Drinkhall slipped out at the third-round stage. He struggled to cope with German world No 12 Dimitrij Ovtcharov and lost 4-0, the German taking the games 11-8, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4.

Drinkhall's Games is not over, however, with the team event set to begin on Friday, when he will be joined by Liam Pitchford and Andrew Baggaley.

Having had to utilise a host nation spot after failing to qualify off his own back for London, Drinkhall insists work for a place at Rio in four years' time will begin immediately. "Here and in the past, I have proved I can compete with the best players," he said. "I have beaten some top players."