04 Oct 2017

Winners five days earlier when the titles in the individual events were decided, the Ukrainian duo of Maksym Nikolenko and Viktor Didukh alongside Belgium’s Laurens Devos added to their collection of silverware on the concluding day of play, Wednesday 4th October, at the 2017 European Para Championships in Lasko, Slovenia.
In each instance, occupying the top seeded position, all struck gold in the Men’s Team standing classes.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Maksym Nikolenko joined forces with Mykhaylo Popov and Bogdan Omelchuk to win the Class 7 title, Viktor Didukh lined up alongside Ivan Mai Roman Vakarash to emerge successful in Class 9. Meanwhile, partnering Ben Despineux, Laurens Devos was anointed the Class 9 champion.

Similarly, one day earlier pairing with Igor Misztal to gain success in Class 10, Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski had also completed the double.

At the final hurdle, two matches to nil wins were posted. In Class 7 the Ukrainians beat the French outfit formed by Stéphane Messi, Kevin Dourbecker and Bastien Grundeler; in Class 8 by the same margin, their colleagues overcame the Swedish formation of Emil Andersson, Linus Karlsson and Nicklas Westerberg.

Similarly there was no charity extended by Laurens Devos and Ben Despineux; they overcame Italy’s Mohamed Amin Kalem and Samuel di Chara with the loss of a single individual match.

Success and moreover, in each instance, the titles won in Vejle two years ago were retained.

Meanwhile, in the one further event to be decided on the final day of play; the verdict went in favour of France.

In Class 11, the category for players with learning disability; in a group organised competition, the contest to determine the top two places, witnessed success for Lucas Creange and Antoine Zhao. They overcame Russia’s Kemal Gayfullin and Alexander Efremov by two matches to nil.

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