Commonwealth Games: Joanna and Paul Drinkhall win mixed table tennis gold
Last Updated: 02/08/14 10:16pm
Golden kiss: Marital bliss for Joanna and Paul Drinkhall who celebrate winning the Commonwealth title
Husband and wife team Joanna and Paul Drinkhall won Commonwealth Games gold in the all-English mixed doubles table tennis final as they beat Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho 3-2.
The Drinkhalls claimed the first game 11-7 before stretching their lead with a comfortable 11-3 win in the second. Ho and Pitchford came back in game three, which they took 11-5 in rapid fashion.
Ho, 15, is the youngest member of the England team but was not fazed by an appearance in the final, as along with Pitchford she pushed the favourites in game four and forced a decider.
Tied at 10-10 in the fourth, the match was in the balance before Paul Drinkhall missed a smash and Ho and Pitchford levelled the match at 2-2.
They then claimed first blood in game five but a pumped-up Paul Drinkhall claimed the next point before a missed shot put the married pair ahead.
A 2-1 lead quickly translated to a 5-1 advantage, with the Drinkhalls wrapping up victory by an 11-5 margin in the fifth.
The gold added to the bronze medal won by Danny Reed and Kelly Sibley after they defeated Singapore's Jian Zhan and Tianwei Feng 3-1.