Worksop's Sam Walker and Team GB men's team miss out on Tokyo 2020 qualification

Worksop's Sam Walker on GB dutyWorksop's Sam Walker on GB duty
Worksop's Sam Walker on GB duty
Worksop’s Sam Walker missed out on a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics when Great Britain were knocked out of the qualifying tournament in Portugal.

Walker featured in a squad which also included fellow Rio 2016 Olympians Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall, plus Rio reserve Tom Jarvis, and they knew it was their only chance to earn a place among the 16 nations which will compete in the team event in Tokyo.

The seventh-seeded GB started well by beating Argentina to set up a tie against ninth-seed opponents Croatia, in which the winner would confirm their place at the Olympics. GB lost then their hopes of finishing top of the second stage qualifying were dashed in a surprising loss to a 17th-ranked Hungary.