08 Jun 2017

Norway and the United States present strong a challenge for honours at the forthcoming Spanish Junior Para Open to be staged in El Prat de Llobregat on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th June.

A tournament for players under the age of 23 years, Steffen Salomonsen and Pablo Jacobsen lead the Norwegian challenge; for the United States, the names very much to note are those of Ari Arratia and Jenson Van Emburgh.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Steffen Salomonsen made his international debut in 2014 in Spain when he was a bronze medallist in Men’s Team Class 9 in partnership with colleague, Andreas Aulie.

However, arguably more pertinent is the result gained earlier this year at the 2017 Romania Para Open when, in Men’s Team Class 8, he secured the silver medal in harness with Pablo Jacobsen.

Team event success but as yet a Men’s Singles podium finish has proved a step to far; that is not the situation with regards to Pablo Jacobsen. He was silver medallist in Men’s Singles Class 8 in Italy at the 2016 Lignano Masters Open.

Meanwhile, for the United States, both Ari Arratia and Jenson Van Emburgh have enjoyed individual event success.

Ari Arratia was a bronze medallist in Men’s Singles Class 6 at the 2013 Mike Dempsey Memorial Tournament in San Diego and a silver medallist in the same category at the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Toronto.

Somewhat similarly, competing in Men’s Singles Class 3, Jason Van Emburgh was a bronze medallist at both the Romanian Para Open in 2015 and one year later in the United States.

A total of 32 men and three women will compete in the two day tournament; the national associations represented are Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland, Kuwait, Norway, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

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