Table tennis juniors win first GB gold

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2011

Team GB's Junior table tennis took the first gold at the 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

The squad - comprising Zak Zilesnick, Jack Josephs, Ben Raine and Zac Mandel - swept the board, winning their semi-finals and final by 3-0 margins.

Zilesnick got the ball rolling in the semi-final against Austria on Wednesday, beating his opponent, Klein 11-5, 12-10, 11-6.

Josephs won his match in straight sets before Mandel and Raine won a five-set thriller in the doubles.

GB clinched first place with an emphatic victory over Germany.

Dov Katz, Overall team manager and co-chair of Maccabi international table tennis, said: "I'm extremely proud. For three of the four boys, it's their first Maccabi experience. Overall, they completely dominated both matches which is a result of many years of dedication."

Table Tennis Results

Semi-final vs Austria

Game 1 - Zilesnick bt Klein 11-5, 12-10, 11-6

Game 2 - Josephs bt Temer 11-3, 11-4, 11-2

Game 3 - Doubles: Mandel and Raine bt Klein and Temer 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7

Final vs Germany

Game 1 - Zilesnick bt Jacokkowitz 12-10, 11-6, 10-5

Game 2 - Josephs bt Maletkii 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10

Game 3 - Doubles: Zilesnick and Mandel bt Jacokkowitz and Grinsbury 11-7, 12-10, 11-7

Last updated: 10:41pm, July 7 2011