19 Mar 2017

Success two days earlier in the individual events; on the concluding day of action, Sunday 19th March, in the Women’s Team competitions at the 2017 Hungarian Para Open in Eger, the Slovak Republic’s Alena Kanova and the host nation’s Zsofia Arloy added to that success.

Likewise, in the Men’s Singles events, there was also double success for the Slovak Republic. Jan Riapos added to his collection as did Andreas Csonka, like Zsofia Arloy from Hungary. Similarly, Frenchman Nicolas Savant-Aira and Kazakhstan’s Nurzham Korpetayev ended matters with both individual and team titles to their credit.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Winner of Women’s Singles Class 1-5, the Slovak Republic’s Alena Kanova joined forces with Norway’s Sabine Solveig Femtehjel to secure the Women’s Team Class 1-5 title.

Likewise, Zsofia Arloy enjoyed success in Women’s Team Class 6-10; the Class 6-8 winner earlier in the week, she partnered colleague Bettina Bicsak to success. A second gold medal for Zsofia Arloy, for Bettina Bicsak it was a second medal. In Women’s Singles Class 9-10 she had secured silver, she was beaten in the final by Israel’s Karmit Dor.

Meanwhile in the Men’s Team events, Jan Riapos, partnered Martin Ludrovsky to gold in Class 1-2; Nicolas Savant-Aira joined forces with compatriot, Fabien Lamirault to win Class 4-5, whilst Andras Csonka partnered Gyula Istvan Zborai, likewise from Hungary to the top prize in Class 8.

Not to be outdone Nureham Koepetayev allied with compatriot, Talgat Erekeyev to secure the Class 9-10 gold medal.

In the Men’s Singles event, Jan Riapos had won Class 2, Nicolas Savant-Aira Class 4-5; Andras Csonka Class 8 and Nurzham Korpetayev, Class 9.

Success for Nicolas Savant-Aira and Fabien Lamirault; there was further success for France and also for Japan.

François Geuljans and Stéphane Gil-Martins secured the Class 3 title; the Japanese trio comprising Kosuke Hemmi, Junki Tai and Kazuki Shichino claimed Class 6-7 gold medal, the one title gained contrary to expectations.

At the semi-final stage they beat the top seeded partnership of Romania’s Bobi Simion and Israel’s Boaz Tabib by two matches to one, prior recording a two-nil win in the final over the Slovak Republic’s Gabriel Csemy and Alexander Nagy in the final.

Play concluded in Eger, attention now turns to Brazil for the Youth Parapan Games and the Romanian Para Open which commences with the junior events on Tuesday 21st March.

Paralympics Para Table Tennis Jan Riapos Zsofia Arloy Alena Kanova Nicolas Savant-Aira Nurzham Korpetayev Andreas Csonka