by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
First place in the group the previous day without the loss a single individual match, the level of success continued in the main draw.
Occupying the no.2 seeded position in the competition, at the quarter-final stage they recorded a three-nil win against Turkey’s Abdullah Yingeler and Ibrahim Gündüz prior to posting the same margin of victory in opposition to the Spanish combination of Carlos Machado and Jesus Cantero.
A place in the final booked, life was only slightly more exacting; a three-one win was recorded against the French outfit comprising Leo de Nodrest, Alexandre Robinot and Joe Seyfried, the no.4 seeds. The one errant contest was the doubles won by Alexandre Robinot and Joe Seyfried in five games (6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8).
However, wins for Bojan Tokic against Alexandre Robinot (5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8) and Leo de Nodrest (12-10, 11-5, 11-6) plus success for Darko Jorgic, when also facing Leo de Nodrest (12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6), sealed victory.
Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw, at the quarter-final stage, France with Alexandre Robinot and Joe Seyfried on duty had recorded a three-nil win against the top seeded Egyptian duo of Mohamed El-Beiali and Khalid Assar, prior to ending the hopes of Portugal. They secured a three one success in opposition to the formation of Diogo Chen, André Silva and Diogo Carvalho.
Notably the Portuguese outfit was in form; one round earlier they had beaten the no.3 seeds, the Italian trio of Mihai Bobocica, Niagol Stoyanov and Marco Rech Daldosso by three matches to one.
Tarragona Mediterranean Games: Full Results