17 Mar 2017

Gold in Men’s Team Class 2 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; then the same colour medal in Men’s Team Class 1-2 when partnering Stéphane Molliens, Frenchman Fabien Lamirault is very much the name to note at forthcoming 2017 Hungarian Para Open.

Play commences in Eger on Friday 17th March.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Furthermore, he has pleasant memories of competing in Eger; in 2011 he achieved the same success as he was to enjoy five years later in Brazil, the notable difference being that his team partner was Damien Mennella.

The top seed in Men’s Singles Class 2; the goal for Fabian Lamirault is to repeat prior success; for seven other top seeded players, the target is to surpass the finish of 2015, the most recent occasion when the tournament was staged.

In the Men’s Singles events, Hungary’s Endre Major is the top seed in Class 1, whilst Romania’s Bobbie Simion occupies the same position in Class 6; in the same categories, it was runners up spot two years ago.

Similarly, Andras Csonka, silver medallist in Rio de Janeiro, occupies the top seeded position in Class 8, whilst Bela Szigeti, likewise from Hungary, heads the list in Class 10. In 2015 in Eger, in their respective classes, they were bronze medallists.

Also seeking better fortunes, Belgium’s Bert Brands can be added to the list; silver medallist in 2015, he is the no.2 seed behind Nicolas Savant-Aira in Class 5.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s Singles competitions; the situation is somewhat the same when compared with two years ago.

The Slovak Republic’s Ana Kanova is the top seed in Class 1-5: it is the same status which the host nation’s Zsofia Arloy occupies in Class 6-8 and Israel’s Karmit Dor in Class 9-10.

At the 2015 Hungarian Para Open; Ana Kanova was the runner up in Class 1-3, a fate that also befell Karmit Dor in Class 9-10. Zsofia Arloy was the bronze medallist in Class 6-8.

Overall a total of 73 men and 20 women will compete in Eger.

The national associations represented are: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and the United States.

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