24 Jul 2017

Gold earlier in the proceedings in the individual events, Korea’s Cha Sooyong and Joo Youngdae, alongside the German trio of Juliane Wolf, Thomas Schmidberger and Jochen Wollmert added to their list of titles by emerging successful in the team events on Wednesday 19th July at the 4th Taichung Open for the Disabled.

Likewise, it was double success for Japan’s Koya Kato, as it was Hong King’s Ng Mui Wui.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Impressively, after succeeding in Class 1 and Class 2 respectively, two days earlier to secure the Men’s Singles titles, Joo Youngdae and Cha Sooyong combined to win the Men’s Team Class 1-2 title.

Likewise, in Class 11 in both the Men’s and Women’s events, the double was attained. In the former, after success in the singles event; Koya Kato linked with Takeshi Takemori and Toshiya Takahashi to win team gold, in the latter, Hong Kong’s Ng Mui Wui followed suit. She partnered Wong Ka Man, to victory.

Notable wins but pride of place belonged to Germany. Winner of Men’s Singles Class 3, Thomas Schmidberger joined forces with colleagues Valentin Baus and Jan Guertler to secure Men’s Team Class 4-5 gold.

In a similar vein, Jochen Wollmert, the Men’s Singles Class 6-7 champion, secured the top prize in the same category in the Men’s Team event in harness with Thomas Rau, whilst in Women’s Team Class 7-10, Juliane Wolf and Lena Kramm combined to reserve the top step of the podium. Two days earlier, Juliane Wolf had won the Women’s Singles Class 7-8 title.

Three titles on the concluding day of play for Germany; for China and Japan, it was two in number.

Additional to the Men’s Team Class 11 success, Nariaki Kakita, Naoya Nagashita and Hiromi Sato won Men’s Team Class 8-10; meanwhile, for Chinese Taipei Wei Mei-Hui and Hsiao Shu-Chin emerged as the Women’s Team Class 3-5 champions, Wu Cheng-Sheng, Fann Chen-Shin and Yin Chien-Ping secured the Men’s Team Class 3 title.

Play in Taichung completed, attention now turns to Myungyeong, the four day 2017 Korea Para Open commences on Friday 21st July.

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Photos: courtesy of Steven W.H. Lee

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