21 Oct 2017

Success in the individual events two days earlier, China’s Feng Panfeng and Cao Ningning added to their list of titles on the concluding day of play, Saturday 21st October, at the 2017 Thailand Para Open in Suphan Buri.

Likewise, in the Men’s wheelchair events, there was a further gold medal for Korea’s Kim Youngun; his success being somewhat unexpected.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

In Class 3, Feng Panfeng and Zhao Ping justified their top seeded position; at the final hurdle they accounted for Korea’s Baek Youngbok and Lim Hangsueng by two matches to nil to secure the top prize.

Similarly, in Class 5 for Cao Ningning lining up alongside Zhan Dashun it was success as anticipated and against Korean opposition. The top seeds, they recorded a two matches to nil win in the final against Kim Kiyoung and Park Jaeyeon.

Wins as seeding predicted for the Chinese outfits, for Kim Younggun in partnership with Lee Kyeonghun, the success in Class 4 was somewhat of an upset. In a group organised event, the second seeds, they finished ahead of the top seeded Chinese combination of Guo Xingyuan and Zhang Yan.

The crucial contest was against the Chinese pairing in the concluding fixture of the event; a two-nil win for the Koreans being the outcome. The doubles was secured (11-7, 12-10, 10-12, 12-10), before Kim Younggun overcame Guo Xingyuan in three straight games (12-10, 11-5, 11-4) to end matters.

Gold for Korea and in the Men’s Team wheelchair categories there was further gold.

Park Jincheol and Joo Youngdae, the top seeds, clinched the Class 1-2 title; in a group organised event, they finished ahead of colleagues Kim Hyeonuk and Kim Hakjin. China’s Gao Yanming and Wang Shen ended matters in third place.

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