Day 10 at the Commonwealth Games brought disappointment for three current west Londoners and one of its former residents as their dreams of gold evaporated.
There were tears from Bayswater table-tennis starlet Tin-Tin Ho as she came up just short in her gold medal mixed doubles match, while Hounslow badminton ace Rajiv Ouseph will contest the bronze medal game later this evening after losing out to Kashyap Parupalli of India in the singles semi-finals this morning.
Not long after he had been left wondering what might have been Chiswick’s Michael Hoare and former Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club skipper Dan Fox also saw their golden dreams ended by world champions Australia in their semi-final.
Ho has enjoyed an excellent adventure in Glasgow and she came close to capping it with an unexpected gold in partnership with Liam Pitchford against England’s No 1 pairing, husband and wife team Paul and Joanna Drinkhall.
The younger pair looked set for a hammering when they were swept aside 11-7, 11-3 in the first two games, but with the early nerves out of the way they settled to take the third 11-5.
The 15-year-old and her partner, thrown together as a scratch pair for this tournament then established a 7-2 lead in the next only to be caught first at 8-all and then 10-all. But they found a way to win 12-10 and force a gold-medal decider.
That though was as good as it got as perhaps the enormity of the situation got to them and crucial shots were missed.
Ouseph’s semi-final at the Emirates was equally tight, the silver medallist in Delhi four years ago edging the first game 21-18.
However, his Indian opponent’s capacity to retrieve shuttle after shuttle in long rally after long rally frustrated the west Londoner and he began to make mistakes.
The second game was lost 21-17 and as the third turned into survival of the fittest it was the Englishman’s energy which gave way.
Trailing 20-13, Ouseph gallantly saved five match points, but the sixth proved decisive and he must now gather himself for the battle for bronze against another Indian RV Gurusaidutt.
Hoare and Fox have a little longer to recover for their bronze medal match and they will need it after being on the receiving end of a 4-1 mauling by the Aussies.
Bobby Crutchley’s side were 2-0 down in 12 minutes and despite the Australians incurring a number of yellow cards they remained in control.
A Harry Martin field goal 17 minutes after the break briefly raised English hopes, but two further goals in the last eight minutes saw the men from down under take their place in the gold medal match.
England will now contest the bronze against New Zealand, who beat them in the group stage on Tuesday, tomorrow morning at 10am.
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