Swift return to table ends in success

PUBLISHED: 15:04 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 12:17 29 April 2010

Picture: BRIAN PURDY

Picture: BRIAN PURDY

FORMER international table tennis player Robert Swift won two titles at the King s Lynn Open Championships. The 44-year-old from March, who had retired from the sport for 17 years, came from two ends down to pull off a shock 3-2 win over Wisbech s Matthe

FORMER international table tennis player Robert Swift won two titles at the King's Lynn Open Championships.

The 44-year-old from March, who had retired from the sport for 17 years, came from two ends down to pull off a shock 3-2 win over Wisbech's Matthew Knott in the final of the Senior Open.

The pair play together for St James in the King's Lynn League.

Swift said: "It was an incredible final and a shock win for me because I was the 11th seed and most of the players were considerably younger than me.

"It was also quite special to have two Fenland players in the final, as it is nearly always played between players from King's Lynn."

Swift also won the Veteran title at the event.

Swift, represented England in the early 1980s and has won the Welsh Open.

He has also played football for March Town United.

He said: "Table tennis went off my radar for a while, but I started again two years ago when I stopped playing regular football and I'm loving it.

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