At the recent World Table Tennis Championships in Dusseldorf, Scotland were represented by Gavin Rumgay, Craig Howieson and Colin Dalgleish.
The players started the tournament on Monday 29th where the first day of qualifications took place. In the singles, Gavin and Craig got off to winning ways comfortably beating their respective opponents 4-0. After receiving a bye in his first group match, Colin got his singles group started against the seed of his group. Unfortunately losing 4-0 after a couple of tight sets.
In the latter stages of Day One the doubles competitions began to get underway. In the mixed doubles, Colin and his swiss patner, Rahel, received a bye in the first preliminary round. In the second round, they succumbed to a strong Danish pair 3-1, perhaps benefiting from having played together before. In the Men’s doubles, Gavin and his swiss partner, Lionel, had a walkover in their first preliminary round before losing to two Nigerians in a tight affair. Craig and Colin lost out in a 5-set match to a Latvian pair in the first preliminary round after a nasty injury to Colin’s thumb resulted in a 25-minute injury timeout during the second set.
On to the second day where the qualification rounds concluded. Craig lost out 4-0 in a contest that was much closer than the score line suggests with only a few points the difference in every set. This resulted in Craig finishing 2nd in his group. Colin recorded a 4-1 win in his final group match to also finish 2nd in his group. In Gavin’s final group match, he progressed with a 4-2 win resulting in qualification to the next round where he met a Hungarian player just ahead of him in the world rankings. After 6 close sets and some enthralling rallies, Gavin came out on top winning 4-2. Earning himself a place in the last 128 in the World Championships against local favourite Timo Boll on one of the show courts in the main arena. Gavin acquitted himself well in which was a crowd-pleasing match with Boll taking the match 4-0. An experience I’m sure Gavin will not forget.
Craig Howieson (SCO) vs Amar Malla (NEP) 4-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7)
Craig Howieson (SCO) vs Samuel Novota (SVK) 0-4 (8-11, 10-12, 8-11, 9-11)
Gavin Rumgay (SCO) vs Sherwin Remata (PHI) 4-0 (11-4, 11-5, 11-2, 11-4)
Gavin Rumgay (SCO) vs Deepash Bhagwani (INA) 4-2 (11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-2)
Colin Dalgleish (SCO) vs Mounaim Tirselt (MAR) 4-0 W.O (Walkover)
Colin Dalgleish (SCO) vs Petyo Krastev (BUL) 0-4 (9-11, 8-11, 6-11, 9-11)
Colin Dalgleish (SCO) vs Rrahman Ademaj (KOS) 4-1 (11-6, 14-12, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7)
Gavin Rumgay (SCO) vs Nandor Ecseki (HUN) 4-2 (11-7,9-11,11-5,14-12,7-11,11-8)
Gavin Rumgay (SCO) vs Timo Boll (GER) 0-4 (4-11,4-11,7-11,4-11)
First Preliminary Round
Gavin Rumgay (SCO)/ Lionel Weber (SUI) vs Dorjan Tapia (ALB)/ Andi Kola (ALB) 3-0 W.O (Walkover)
Craig Howieson (SCO) / Colin Dalgleish (SCO) vs A.Reinholds (LAT)/ O.Kartuzovs (LAT) 2-3 (11-5,4-11,8-11,11-7,7-11)
Second Preliminary Round
Gavin Rumgay (SCO)/ Lionel Weber (SUI) vs O.Onaolapo (NGR)/ O.Omotayo (NGR) 1-3 (9-11,12-10,5-11, 8-11)
Second Preliminary Round
Colin Dalgleish (SCO)/ Rahel Aschwanden (SUI) vs T.Rasmussen (DEN)/ S.Christensen (DEN) 1-3 (5-11,9-11,11-8,6-11)