“When I was on match point I hadn’t planned anything so I just did that. It probably looked silly. But I was so emotional. I jumped on the table so fast, I couldn’t do that normally.
“It would take me ages, but that was quite good. I was scared it was going to break.
“I gave the umpire a hug because she was a bit uptight and I wanted to calm her down.”
Bayley, 28, added: “Words don’t do it justice, I don’t know if it has sunk in yet. I was so focused, it was like a game of chess, I couldn’t get emotional until the end.
“I’ve done it, I never thought it was possible for me, I’ve done the impossible.
“I never thought it was going to happen again when I lost in the final in London as table tennis is such an unpredictable sport and to get to a final in two Games is an unbelievable achievement.
“This time I thought I am not going to waste the opportunity and I have got to take it here today. It was a hard game but I played really well when it mattered and held my nerve.
“Great Britain were laughed at when I first joined the squad, now we’re a force and it’s great to show the world what we can do.”
There were never more than two points between the players in the first game as Bayley fought back from 8-6 and 9-8 down, going on a run of three points to take it 11-9.
Stroh, who beat Bayley in the group stages, came out quickly in game 2 and opened up a 3-0 lead, prompting Bayley into an early time-out. But Stroh extended his advantage and pulled away to take the game 11-5.
Game three was another close one, Bayley’s run from 2-4 to 5-4 resulting in Stroh taking his time-out. It worked as he went 7-5 up, only for Bayley to turn the tables with a run of four points. Although Stroh won the next two to make it 9-9, Bayley took the two after that and moved within a set of gold.
The first decisive move was from 2-2 to 5-2 up and after the next four points were shared, Bayley ended in style with four points on the spin to strike gold.