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A CAROLSIDE primary pupil is taking the table tennis world by storm.

Jennie Yang represented Scotland at this year’s international primary school table tennis championships at the Irish national Basketball arena last week.

Building on last year’s experience, the ten-year-old proudly returned home with two bronze medals – one for the team event and another in the individuals competition.

The annual event hosted by the Irish table tennis association brought top players from England, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to Dublin to battle it out for the international honours.

In the team competition, Scotland started very slowly, losing 10-0 to England, but they returned on day two with renewed vigour, demolishing Guernsey by an identical margin.

The next match against Welsh team was crucial if they were to retain the third place position that they had last year.

Jennie, who won her singles game, helping the team to a 5-5 draw before an 8-2 defeat to Ireland. However, on the countback of the games won, Scotland came top by the smallest margin 22-19.

In the individual event, Jennie claimed a pair of victories to finish second in her group and advance to the final 12. In the next two rounds she defeated teammates Faye Leggett and Hannah Robb to get to the semi finals before losing to Irish star Ciaira O’Toole.

Jennie told ExtraSport: “It was a great achievement to win two bronze medals at this prestigious event in Dublin. It was difficult facing two of my teammates in the individual competition but we had to put our friendship aside and concentrate on the match.”

Recently Jennie also finished second place at the West of Scotland open and runner up in the Scottish national championship for her age grade.