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Vladimir Samsonov "disappointed" with table tennis silver

Belarus table tennis player Vladimir Samsonov admits that he is "a bit disappointed" to take home the silver medal from the European Games in Baku.

Vladimir Samsonov has admitted that he is "disappointed" to have missed out on gold in the men's table tennis singles at the European Games in Baku.

The Belarusian was 2-0 up at the start of the gold-medal match, but Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov fought back to inflict a 4-3 defeat on the world number nine.

The 39-year-old told reporters: "Of course I'm a bit disappointed but it's OK to lose to someone like him. You have a lot of ups and downs in sport and I have lost so many matches in my career.

"In the end you know there are more important things like family and health. I'll be playing the match over and over in my head for a few days, but after that I'll just enjoy the silver medal.

"I'll try to play two more years, go to Rio next year, and then we'll see."

Samsonov is a two-time Olympic quarter-finalist, and has won 26 world tour events, including the Qatar Open earlier this year.

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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

CANOE SLALOM
· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

FOOTBALL
· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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