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Malta’s table tennis teams stay on course in medal quest at 2023 GSSE

Camella Iacob in action for Malta in the women's team event. Photo: Jonathan Borg

The Malta table tennis teams have put themselves in a strong position to finish at the top of their group and battle for the gold medal after the opening day of competition at the 2023 GSSE in the University Sports Hall.

The men’s selection, formed by Daniel Bajada, Gabriel Grixti, Dimitrij Prokopcov and Felix Wetzel, produced a very strong showing on the first day of competition as they secured back-to-back victories over Montenegro and Andorra.

The Maltese quartet were up against Montenegro in the first match of the day and managed to fend off the strong challenge of the Eastern Europeans with Wetzel securing the winning point for a 3-1 victory.

Next up for Malta, was a clash against Andorra and the home side proved too strong for their opponents as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory.

The men’s selection play their final match this morning when they face Luxembourg with top spot in the group at stake, which would earn the team a more favourable opponent in the semi-finals that will be played on Wednesday afternoon.

On the other hand, Malta’s women’s selection formed by Viktoria Luchenkova, Anthea Cutajar, Camella Iacob and Renata Strbikova also impressed on the opening day.

In fact, the Maltese team produced a gallant showing in their opening match when they battled past top seeds Luxembourg 3-2 to put themselves in a strong position to reach the semi-finals as group winners.

They then wrapped their day with a comfortable 3-0 win over Montenegro to finish top of their group.

The Maltese girls will be in action in the afternoon when they will be in action in the semi-finals.

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