CIPPENHAM Table Tennis Club star Shae Thakker has made his first mark on the international scene with two medals at the Romanian Table Tennis Open championships held at Cluj-Napoca.

The tournament started with the junior events, Under-23 in this case, with 13-year-old Thakker giving away 10 years.

Playing in the men’s class 10 round robin of four players, Thakker secured the gold medal by winning all three of his matches including a very close 14-12 in the fifth defeat of compatriot Lawrence John, the runner-up.

Thakker said: “I’m really pleased with the gold that I have achieved in the junior singles.

“This has really improved my confidence in my game and I’m really ecstatic to see that my training is being very influential. This has inspired me to work even harder so that I can achieve this success again.”

Thakker then teamed up with Ryan Henry for the senior events and they won the bronze medal in the men’s class 9-10 team event.

Lucie Bouron was also in Romania but, unfortunately, was not able to register a win in either of her singles events.

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