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Paralympics dream ends for medical student

Medical student Kim Daybell’s hopes of a Paralympic medal have been dashed after losing out in the preliminary stages of the table tennis competition.

The Leeds University student lost his second match two games to three to Hao Lian of the People’s Republic of China.

Mr Daybell, who is ranked eighth in the world, lost out in the Men’s Singles Class 10 group on Friday night. Earlier that day he beat Brazil’s Carlos Carbinatti three games to nil.

Patryk Chojnowski of Poland took the gold medal in Sunday’s final of the group, with Yang Ge of the People’s Republic of China winning the silver, and David Jacobs of Indonesia the bronze.

Mr Daybell, who started playing table tennis at the age of nine, has praised his university for the support it has given him as an athlete. Class 10 is for those with physical impairments who compete from a standing position.

Paralympics GB is currently second in the medals table.

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