by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Similarly, Chee Chao Ming combined with compatriot Ahmad Mohamad Kamal Saupi to secure the Team Class 9-10 title having one day prior beaten Indonesia’s Hilmi Azizi to clinch gold in Class 9 (9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-6).
Two titles for Chee Chao Ming, for Ahmad Mohamad Kamal Saupi, it was gold and silver; in the Class 10 individual event, he had been beaten in the final by Iraq’s Abdulrahman Shafeeq (11-3, 11-9, 11-8).
Double gold, for Kentaro Doi and Genki Saito, like Kazuki Shichino from Japan, between them they collected the full gambit of medals. They secured the top prize in Team Class 3-5 but in the Class 4-5 individual event had to settle for silver and bronze respectively; the top prize finishing in the hands of Iraq’s Muntadher Ali Sarraji.
Disappointment for Japan in Class 4-5 but not in Class 11 where Yudai Kikawada secured the top prize at the final expense of Hong Kong’s Wan Wai Lok (11-7, 9-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-3).
Meanwhile, in the remaining individual events it was success for Thailand and Indonesia.
Impressively for Thailand, Yuttajak Glinbanchuen, bronze medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games added to his tally of titles by securing the Class 3 top prize at the final expense of Iran’s Mehrdad Mohammadpour (11-5, 11-5, 11-6); for Indonesia both Jason Georly and Banyu Tri Mulyo emerged successful.
Jason Georly won Class 7 beating colleague, Kosuke Hemmi in the final (11-5, 11-9, 11-7); Banyu Tri Mulyo overcame Korea’s Kim Hyeonggwon to secure the Class 8 crown (6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6).
Overall 59 players competed in the Men’s events.