by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Nicolas Burgos, Vladislav Ursu and Felix Cozmolici commenced matters with a three-one win in opposition to the German ‘B’ Team combination of Benno Oehme, Daniel Rinderer and Felix Wetzel but in their concluding contest suffered defeat by the same margin when facing Vitor Amorin, José Pedro Francisco and Tiago Li, the Portuguese trio having earlier in the day experienced a three-one defeat at the hands of the Germans.
The three teams were thus level on match ratio, thus games ratio was needed to decide the final order. First place went to the Chilean-Moldovan international unit (15:14) followed by Germany (17:17) and Portugal (16:17).
First place by narrow margins, for the top four seeded outfits there were no such moments in an event that witnessed five groups in the initial phase.
China, the top seeds, represented by Xu Haidong, Yu Heyi and Xu Yingbin duly topped their group without due alarm, as did the Chinese Taipei trio formed by Feng Yi-Hsin, Li Hsin-Yang and Tai Ming-Wei.
Likewise, there were no great travails for the host nation trio comprising Irvin Bertrand, Bastien Rembert and Jules Rolland, nor for the German ‘A’ Team outfit comprising Meng Fanbo, Kay Stumper and Cedric Meissner.
Play in the Junior Boys’ Team event concludes on Saturday 28th April.