30 Aug 2017

Crowned Men’s Singles Class 9 champion on the third day of action, China’s Zhao Yiqing added to his collection of gold medals at the 2017 Asian Para Championships in Beijing on the afternoon of Wednesday 30th August; only this time there was a different twist to the tale.

In the individual event, the top seed, he had beaten Japan’s Koyo Iwabuchi, the no.2 seed in the final; in Men’s Team Class 9 once again Koyo Iwabuchi had to settle for runners up spot, only on this occasion alongside Nobuyuki Suzuki and Arufuahirokazu Tateishi, he occupied the first seeded place

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

A group organised competition, both teams hitherto unbeaten, in the vital title deciding engagement, Zhao Yiqing and Han Yajie recorded a two-nil win over the Japanese outfit to seal title.

More gold for Zhao Yiqing, more gold for China; in the Men’s Team standing classes it was the same in Class 6-7, as it was in Class 8 and Class 10.

The Men’s Team Class 7 event witnessed more success for Yan Shuo and Liao Keli, the players who earlier had contested the final in same category in the individual event; the former emerging the winner. Alongside Mu Kaiquan, they captured the top prize.

It was the same in Men’s Team Class 8 where Zhao Shuai and Ye Chaoqun, the respective winner and runner up in Men’s Singles Class 8, joined forces alongside Peng Weinam to secure gold and added to their silverware collection.

Meanwhile, in Men’s Team Class 10; there was more gold for Lian Hao. Winner of the individual title, he allied with Kong Weijie and Mao Shubo to reserve the top step of the podium.

“The matches went very well during the whole competition, we were also able to establish early leads, I think in the doubles were very strong.” Kong Weijie

All four Men’s Team titles in the standing categories secured by China; in Men’s Team Class 11, the section for players with learning difficulties, it was success for Japan and for Takeshi Takemori, sweet revenge.

Two days earlier in the Men’s Singles Class 11 final, he had been beaten by Korea’s Kim Gitae; a group organised contest administered on an all play all basis, in vital deciding contest, Takeshi Takemori alongside Koya Kato and Toshiya Takahashi beat the Korean trio of Kim Gi Tae, Son Byeongjun and Kim Changgi by two matches to one to claim the title.

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