Liam Pitchford

Chesterfield

Liam Pitchford

Chesterfield

Biography

Liam first turned heads on the international stage at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, winning two medals at the age of 17, and he went on to represent Team GB at London 2012 at the age of 19.

Since then, he has gone on to compete at two more Olympic Games, one of only three British players to have achieved that feat, competing in both the singles and team events at Rio 2016 and the singles at Tokyo 2020.

Medal success

He has won a host of international medals, including three at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – Mixed Doubles silver with Tin-Tin Ho, Men’s Team silver and a landmark Men’s Singles bronze. At Gold Coast 2018, Liam won gold alongside Paul Drinkhall in the Men’s Doubles, repeated his silver medal with Tin-Tin and won Men’s Team bronze, making him England’s most decorated Commonwealth Games table tennis athlete.

He also represented GB at the inaugural European Games.

Liam was a key part of the England team which won bronze at the World Team Championships in Kuala Lumpur in 2016, alongside Paul Drinkhall and Sam Walker – England’s first medals at the event since 1983.

The trio, with David McBeath and Tom Jarvis also in the squad, added Team World Cup bronze on home soil in 2018 at the Copper Box Arena on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Career high

He reached a career high of No 12 in the world in August 2019 and in March 2020 became the first English player to reach an ITTF Platinum World Tour event final, losing narrowly to world No 1 Fan Zhendong. He and Paul Drinkhall reached the Men’s Doubles final at the same event, losing to China’s Ma Long & Xu Xin.

Major appearances and career highlights

Olympic GamesTokyo2020 (21)Men’s Singles last 32
Qatar Open2020Men’s Singles silver; Men’s Doubles silver (with Paul Drinkhall)
Commonwealth GamesGold Coast2018Men’s Doubles gold (with Paul Drinkhall); Men’s Team bronze
ITTF Team World CupLondon2018Men’s Team bronze
Olympic GamesRio2016Men’s Singles last 32; Men’s Team quarter-finals
ITTF World Team ChampionshipsKuala Lumpur2016Men’s Team bronze
Commonwealth GamesGlasgow2014Mixed Doubles silver (with Tin-Tin Ho); Men’s Team silver; Men’s Singles bronze
Olympic GamesLondon2012Men’s Team first round
Commonwealth GamesDelhi2010Men’s Team silver; Men’s Doubles bronze (with Andrew Baggaley)