15 Sep 2016

Defeat in the final of Men’s Team Class 4-5, four years ago in London; Korea extracted revenge on the morning of Thursday 15th September at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The duo formed by Kim Jungil, Kim Youngun overcame the Chinese combination of Cao Ningning, Guo Xingyuan and Zhang Yan at the semi-final stage in the splendid setting of Riocentro Pavilion 3.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

In the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, the format being four singles and one doubles, should the contest extend the full distance, China had recorded a three-one win.

Man of the moment was Cao Ningning; he beat both Jun Eunhang (11-7, 11-3, 11-4) and Kim Younggun (11-7, 11-6, 11-4). The one further win for China was secured by Zhang Yan; he brought matters to a conclusion by defeating Jung Eunhang (7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9).

The one Korean win had been gained by Kim Younggun; in the second match of the fixture, he had defeated Zhang Yan (11-6, 11-6, 11-8).

Again beat Zhao Yan

Once again, this time in Rio de Janeiro, he beat Zhao Yan, only this time it was not a consolation win; it was the win that secured Korea a place in the final. Just as in London, he beat Zhao Yan in three straight games (11-4, 13-11, 11-2).

“Playing Zhao Yan I served with as much backspin as possible and then pushed the ball again with backspin hard towards his backhand”, explained Kim Younggun a right handed shake-hands grip player as opposed to Zhao Yan who is likewise right handed but a pen-holder.

“Before the match I was a little nervous”, admitted Kim Younggun. “Now we are all very happy, we are very excited having beaten China; I think one of the main reasons we won is that we have a really god team spirit.”

Earlier success

Success for Kim Younggun came after Cao Ningning and Guo Xingyuan had combined to win the doubles against Kim Junggil and Kim Younggun (8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 13-11) and Kim Younggun had levelled matters by overcoming Cao Ningning (13-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-6).

Chinese Taipei books place

A semi-final win for Korea; on the adjacent table it was success for Chinese Taipei; they beat Turkey by two matches to nil.

Cheng Ming-Chih and Lin Yen-Hung combined to give Chinese Taipei the perfect start by beating Abdullah Ozturk and Nesim Turan (11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 12-10), prior to Cheng Ming-Chih returning to the table to overcome Ali Ozturk (9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9, 11-3).

Medal fixtures

The final and the bronze medal match will be played at 10.00am on Friday 16th September.

Paralympics Abdullah Ozturk Cao Ningning Kim Youngun Guo Xingyuan Lin Yen-Hung ali Ozturk Zhao Yan Cheng Ming-Chih Kim Junggil Nesim Turan