Tom helps England to top-10 finish

Tom Jarvis.
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Table tennis ace Tom Jarvis helped England to a top-10 finish at the European Youth Championships in Bratislava.

The 16-year-old Skegness Grammar School pupil won four out of five matches as England made it through the group stages by beating Iceland, San Marino and Netherlands and then enjoyed a tight 3-2 win over Denmark in the first round.

Eventual champions France were too strong in the first of the top-16 play-offs, but England bounced back to beat Belarus 3-0 and Austria 3-2.

In their final match, for ninth and 10th places, Jarvis won his match 3-0 but England were beaten 3-1 by hosts Slovakia.

However, they comfortably bettered their target of a top-16 finish set by Table Tennis England.

Jarvis also hit his target by reaching the last 16 of the boys’ doubles, alongside Helshan Weerasinghe, losing out 3-0 (12-10, 12-10, 11-7) to highly-rated French pair Nolan Givone and Joe Seyfried.

There was disappointment in the singles, where he was beaten by Antonino Amato of Italy in the last 64, despite coming from 1-3 down to force a deciding seventh set.

The Italian eventually took it 4-3 (11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 12-14, 6-11, 11-8).

Jarvis was forced to withdraw from the mixed doubles after his partner Maria Tsaptsinos picked up a shoulder injury.