by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
A second gold medal for Feng Panfeng but that was not to be the situation for Spain’s Iker Sastre.
The winner of Men’s Singles Class 1-2, he had to settle for silver in the same category in the Men’s Team event. In a group all-play-all administered event, partnering colleague Miguel Angel Toledo, second place was the eventual lot. Top spot was secured by the combination of Italy’s Federico Crosara and Poland’s Tomasz Jakimczuk. Third position finished in the hands of Japan’s Nobuhiro Minami and Russia’s Evgenii Riazantcev.
Success for the top seeds; in the one remaining event in the Men’s Team wheelchair categories it was the same outcome but with an added ingredient, an air of revenge.
In Class 4-5; at the final hurdle, the Turkish combination of Abdullah Ozturk, Ali Ozturk and Hamza Caliskan beat China’s Cao Ningning and Zhan Dashun by two matches to nil. The previous day, when they had met in the group phase of proceedings, Cao Ningning and Zhan Dashun had recorded a two-one win.
Second place in the group for the champions elect meant that a rather unusual semi-final line-up was realised. In both contests compatriots faced each other.
Cao Ningning and Zhan Dashun accounted for Zhang Yan, Gao Xingyuan and Shi Yanping by two matches to nil; by the same margin of Abdullah Ozturk, Ali Ozturk and Hamza Caliskan overcame Nesim Turan, Suleyman Vural and Ahmet Yildram.
A sense of revenge in the final; there was also an air of revenge in the penultimate round; earlier in Men’s Singles Class 4, Nesim Turan had beaten Abdullah Ozturk in gold medal contest.
2017 Spanish Para Open: Full results of individual and team competitions