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Adding to Collection, Six Players Complete Double in Côte d'Azur


The host nation’s Fanny Bertrand, alongside Great Britain’s Megan Shackleton, emerged as the most successful female players at the Côte d'Azur Para Tournament, when matters concluded on Sunday 16th October.

Each departed with gold in both the Singles and Team events.

A brace of titles for two female players, it was the same for four of their male counterparts. Frenchmen Alexandre Delarque and Belgium’s Lauren Devos, alongside the German duo of Thomas Schmidberger and Thomasz Kusiak, emerged victorious in both disciplines.

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Seeding Turned Upside Down, Aida Dahlen Leads Norway to Brink of Gold


Two titles were decided on the penultimate day of play, Saturday 25th October at the 2014 Côte d'Azur Para Tournament as the Team events progressed

The partnership of Israel’s Caroline Tabib and Great Britain’s Megan Shackleton won Women’s Team Class 4-5; whilst, although there is still one match to play in the competition, Switzerland’s Sylvio Keller and Germany’s Marcus Sieger are assured of gold in Men’s Team Class One.

However, the player to attract the attention was Norway’s Aida Dahlen; partnering Merethe Tveiten.

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World Champion Clinches More Gold, Second Day Success for Host Nation


Gold medallist at the recent ITTF World Para Championships in the Chinese capital city of Beijing, the host nation’s Fabien Lamirault added to his collection of titles on Friday 24th October, by winning the Men’s Singles Class 2 title at the Côte d'Azur Para Tournament.

Organized by the Olympique Handi Hyerestoulon, an all-French final saw Fabian Lamirault account for Stéphane Molliens at the final hurdle (11-9, 11-7, 11-9).

Success for Fabian Lamirault, who emerged as one of six players from France to secure the top prize; additionally in the Men’s Singles events Jean-François Ducay, Alexandre Delarques, Nicolas Savant-Aira emerged successful. Meanwhile, in the Women’s Singles competitions did Thu Kamkasomphu added to the gold Fanny Bertrand had secured the previous day.

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Seven Titles at Stake on Concluding Day in Incheon, China Collects Lion’s Share


China dominated proceedings on the concluding day of action, Friday 24th October, at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Korea; a total of seven classes to be decided, China succeeded in six.

The one event to avoid the clutches of the visitors was Men’s Team Class 4. Organised on a group basis, success went the way of the host nation.

Kim Youngun, Choi Ilsang, Kim Junggil and Lee Changho formed that squad that emerged successful. Second place went to the Chinese Taipei outfit comprising Lin Wen-Hsin and Liu Ming-Tang with the Thailand duo of Wanchai Chaiwut and Niyom Nachai in third place.

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China Adds to Collection; Five Players Complete Double, Singles and Team Gold


Gold in the individual events for the Chinese women’s quartet of Zhou Ying, Zhang Bian, Mao Jingdian and Pan Mengyi it was also the top prize in the Women’s Team competitions that were decided on Thursday 23rd October, the penultimate day of play at the 2014 Asian Games in the Korean city of Incheon.

Similarly, in the Men’s Team events, Zhao Shuai, likewise from China, added to his Men’s Singles triumph of earlier in the week, on a day when four Team events came to a conclusion.

Furthermore, three of the four competitions went the way of China; the one further title decided being secured by the host nation.

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Matches Remain but Fanny Bertrand Assured of Gold on Home Soil


Silver medallist at the European Para Championships in the Italian Adriatic resort of Lignano, Fanny Bertrand of France was very much the player in form on the first day of play, Thursday 23rd October, at the Côte d'Azur Para Tournament organized by the Olympique Handi Hyerestoulon.

She is the one player to have completed her matches in Women’s Singles Class 3 in an event organised on a group basis.

Furthermore, she has finished her itinerary unbeaten and is thus assured of first place.

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Feng Panfeng, Ma Lin and Zhao Shuai Add to Already Impressive Array of Titles


China’s Feng Panfeng, Ma Lin and Zhao Shuai, the reigning Paralympic Games, World and Asian champions added to their list of honours as the individual events came to a close at the Asian Games in the Korean city of Incheon on Wednesday 22nd October.

Feng Panfeng won Men’s Singles Class 3, Zhao Shuai secured Men’s Singles Class 8 gold; whilst Ma Lin was anointed Men’s Singles Class 9 champion.

Furthermore, they won in style, with Zhao Shuai being the player to cause somewhat of a surprise.

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Liu Jing and Zhang Bian Add Asian Gold to Paralympic Games and World Titles


Reigning Paralympic Games and World champions, China’s Liu Jing and Zhang Bian, added to their collection of titles at the 2014 Asian Para Games in the Korean city of Incheon on Tuesday 21st October.

Liu Jing won Women’s Singles Class 1-2 to repeat her success in London in 2012 and earlier in the year in Beijing; whilst Zhang Bian followed suit by clinching the top prize in Women’s Singles Class 5.

Organised on a group basis, Liu Jing finished ahead of Korea’s Seo Suyeon and Jordan’s Maha Al-Bargouthi; Zhang Bian accounted for the host nation’s Jung Younga at the final hurdle (11-4, 11-8, 11-3), having ousted Jordan’s Khetam Abuawad at the semi-final stage (11-5, 11-1, 11-3).

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Spectacular Open Ceremony Greets Athletes and Officials in Incheon


A lavish Opening Ceremony greeted players, coaches and officials for the start of the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon on Saturday 18th October.

In best Korean tradition, the country welcomed its guests for what is the second edition of the multi-sport gathering. The first was held four years in the Chinese city of Guangzhou,

The Asian Para Games superseded the FESPIC Games (Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled) which was dissolved in November 2006 when the last such event was staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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