Luu, Chambers boom into table tennis knockout rounds

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Ian Chadband / AAP News

 

As the table tennis tournaments continue, a couple of young Aussie hot shots have started perfect campaigns towards the ultimate golden goal.

 

The Australian table tennis player who was once fondly dubbed ‘Kid Dynamite’ has exploded into action at the Commonwealth Games.

Melbourne’s Dillon Chambers blasted through his two round robin matches in the men’s singles on Wednesday to make the knock-out stages, just as his brilliant teenage teammate Finn Luu did.

Chambers, who earned his wild west moniker because he was so sharp as a junior player, is now a top gun since moving to Germany in September 2020 to play high-quality matches in the Bundesliga.

His two opponents just weren’t in his league. First up, the 24-year-old beat South African Theo Cogill 11-5 11-3 11-7 11-6 before later also hammering Falkland Islander Javier Sotomayor 11-4 11-2 11-3 11-0.

Luu, who’s rated a terrific prospect at just 17, also had no problems, not dropping a game as he defeated Northern Ireland’s Zak Wilson and Guyana’s Jonathan van Lange, both 4-0.

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