Worksop wonder Walker soars into world’s top 200

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Worksop table tennis professional Sam Walker has soared into the top 200 in the sport’s world rankings.

The teenager’s good performance at the Hungarian Open in Budapest last month saw him rise from number 268 to number 175.

He beat world number 79 Kalinikos Kreanga of Greece in one of the biggest results of his career, and also overcame number 168, Jeremy Petiot of France, in a run which took him to the last 32 of the men’s event.

In the Under 21 singles, Walker reached the quarter-finals.

A former Valley and Redlands pupil, Walker left his hometown at the tender age of 16 to chase his dream of making a professional career in the sport.

He now lives and trains full-time in Germany, plying his trade for ASV Grünwettersbach.

His achievements to date include picking up a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games as part of the England men’s team, and multiple national championship golds.