University of Nottingham swept the board at the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) table tennis championships, with athletes in the green and gold colours taking all five golds and several minor medals.

With 40 tables in operation on the university’s home territory at the David Ross Sports Village, it was an exceptionally busy event – there were 332 competitors in the Men’s Singles and 136 in the Women’s Singles, plus three doubles competitions.

The Women’s Singles had a strong look, with several senior England internationals in the top bracket of seeds, led by No 1 seed Tin-Tin Ho.

However, it was the second seed, Poon Yat, who defeated her University of Nottingham (UoN) team-mate Ho in the final, taking the title in a decider after seeing off a Ho comeback – the final score was 11-9, 14-12, 4-11, 7-11, 11-8). The podium is pictured above.

Bronze medals went to Nottingham Trent’s Mollie Patterson, who was defeated 3-1 (11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6) by Yat, and Natalia Grigelova of University of Portsmouth, who was beaten 5, 9, 2 by Ho in their semi-final.

Fourth seed Mari Baldwin of UoN was surprisingly beaten in the last 64 by unseeded Lexi Zhao.

In the Men’s Singles, top seed Shayan Siraj came out on top, and it was an almost a carbon copy of the women’s final as he saw opponent Shohei Nishi fight back from 2-0 down to level, before Siraj won the fifth.

The final scoreline was 3-2 (11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9) in Siraj’s favour against his fellow UoN student.

Ryan Choong of Warwick University took bronze after losing to Siraj 3, 7, 7 in the semis, and he was joined on the third step of the podium by Damian Shing Kee Chia of University of Stirling – who lost 5, 6, 6 to Nishi.

The Men’s Singles podium

Choong had had an amazing run to the last four as he beat three of the top 10 seeds on the way – fourth seed Naphong Boonyaprapa in four games in the round of 32, ninth seed Danny Bajwa of University of Strathclyde in four in the last 16 and fifth seed Olly Cornish of Nottingham Trent in five in the quarter-finals.

Second seed Josh Bruce (Nottingham Trent) went out in the round of 128 having not arrived for his match.

There were a couple of notable results in the earlier stages – fifth seed Cornish was beaten in the group stage by Tom Tang from University of Nottingham, and 10th seed Trevor Zhang (UoN) went out in the round of 64 to unranked Joe Sawyer of Sheffield Hallam in a remarkable 3-2 (12-10, 11-9, 1-11, 4-11, 13-11) reverse.

The two same-gender doubles events saw golds go to combinations who had met in the respective singles finals.

Siraj & Nishi defeated Bruce & Cornish of Nottingham Trent in the men’s final, with bronzes going to UoN pairs Christian Han & Sam Cooper and Boonyaprapa & Robert Pelc.

The Men’s Doubles podium

In the women’s, Ho & Poon overcame team-mates Baldwin & Jasmin Wong in the final, with another UoN pair – Anaya Patel & Daniela Grammatopoulou – taking bronze alongside Scarlett Anders & Erin Green of Newcastle.

The Women’s Doubles medallists

In the Mixed Doubles, Siraj & Ho duly took gold, defeating Nishi & Poon in the final. They were joined on the podium by UoN pair Pelc & Wong, and by Bruce & Patterson from Nottingham Trent.

The Mixed Doubles medal winners