Paul Davies upset a player four places above him in the world rankings to secure a class 1 Single bronze at the ExCeL, Great Britain’s second Table Tennis medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

“I’ve been playing for 21 years, since the day my son was born, and now I’m a Paralympic bronze medallist,” said Welshman Davies, 45.

“I thought the Opening Ceremony was awesome when we came out into the stadium but to have that crowd in a bronze medal match – and they were behind us all the way – was unbelievable.”

“I hope I’ve inspired the younger generation who have got disabilities. There is sport out there for every disability and if they pick the right one and work hard enough maybe they will be sitting where I am in Rio in four years’ time.”

Davies’s bronze followed Will Bayley’s silver, secured in emotional scenes on Sunday night.

After three tight games, Davies was 2-1 down against world no.4 Lee Chang Ho of Korea but levelled with an 11-5 win in the fourth.

A tense final game saw him miss two match points. His coach, 1996 Paralympic medallist Neil Robinson, called a time out but Davies missed another chance before converting the fourth opportunity.

“I don’t know what’s going on with me lately – it always seems to be going to a fifth set,” Davies added. “He is an awesome player and better than me but I treated this bronze medal match as my final.

“I knew what I had to do – I just had to hit the seismic serve into the crossover, and I did it.”