04 Oct 2017

Gold medallists at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, in the Men’s Team wheelchair categories at the 2017 European Para Championships in Lasko, Slovenia; on Tuesday 3rd October, France emerged as the one outfit that had won two years earlier in Vejle, to experience semi-final sadness.

Competing in Class 2, the top seeds, Fabien Lamirault and Stéphane Molliens, who lined up alongside Vincent Boury as opposed to Jean-François Ducay in Vejle and Rio de Janeiro, suffered a two matches to nil defeat at the hands of Slovakia’s Jan Riapos and Martin Ludrovsky, the no.2 seeds, the pair who at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games had finished in an agonising fourth place, one step away from a precious medal.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Maintaining good form, in the counterpart semi-final, the Czech Republic’s Jiri Suchanek and Martin Zvolanek, who earlier had finished in first place in their group ahead of the French trio, reserved their place in the title deciding contest courtesy of a two-one win against Serbia’s Goran Perlic and Boris Stoiljkovic.

Meanwhile, in the remaining Men’s Team wheelchair events, the top seeds and defending champions; all progressed to the final round with Germany very much to the fore.

At the semi-final stage in Class 3, Thomas Schmidberger and Thomas Brüchle beat Austria’s Egon Kramminger and Manfred Dollman by two matches to nil; in Class 5 Valentin Baus and Jan Guertler succeeded by the same impressive margin in opposition to the Turkish outfit comprising Ali Ozturk, Suleyman Vural and Hamza Caliskan.

In the final Thomas Schmidberger and Thomas Brüchle meet Ukraine’s Vasyl Petruniv and Oleksandr Yezyk, the two-nil penultimate round winners over Sweden’s Carl Ohgren and Jan Sjoquist; Valentin Baus and Jan Guertler face Frenchmen Nicolas Savant-Aira and Alexandre Delarque. In the semi-final round Nicolas Savant-Aira and Alexandre Delarque beat the Serbian outfit formed by Mitar Palikuca, Miroslav Homa and Milan Zelen.

Success for France and there was more success for France; in Class 4, the no.2 seeds, selecting from Maxime Thomas, Florian Merrien and Alan René Papirer, a two-nil penultimate round win was recorded against the Spanish duo formed by Francisco Lopez and Miguel Rodriguez.

Awaiting in the final is the top seeded Turkish duo of Abdullah Ozturk and Nesim Turan; they booked their place in the title decider courtesy of a two-one win in opposition to Poland’s Rafal Lis and Krszystof Zylka.

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