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    COLLEGE’S AARON McKIBBIN HAS DOUBLE MEDAL CHANCE

    September 6th, 2012

    TABLE TENNIS star Aaron McKibbin is closing in on Loughborough College’s third medal at the Paralympic Games – and the fifth at London 2012 this summer.

     The 21-year-old helped Paralympics GB to a convincing 3-0 victory over Italy in their Class 8 quarter final earlier today to earn a semi final clash with Poland this evening (7pm). Spain and Germany await if Aaron’s team is successful.

     The Sheffield-based player told College News on the eve of the Games that the team competition probably represented his best chance of success at his first Paralympics.

     So it proved as he was eliminated at the group stage in the singles despite producing enough to encourage GB team leader Gorard Vecko.

     He admitted having problems with the spinning serves of Chinese player Sun Churen as he went down in three straight games in his opening match before bravely fighting back from 2-0 down to force Mathieu Loico, of Belgium, to a decider.

     Vecko, said: “”Aaron lost two matches today but he is getting experience for Rio. He’s only been playing two and a half years.”

    But now Aaron’s dream could come true as he and his team have two cracks at a bronze medal at the very least.

     Seeded second in the competition, Paralympics GB would face a play off match for bronze should they be defeated.

     College student Libby Clegg took silver in the T12 100m, a feat matched by judo ace Sam Ingram. During the Olympic Games, College student Nicola White won a bronze as part of Team GB’s women’s hockey team and high jumper Robbie Grabarz, a former College student, also won a bronze.

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