01 Jul 2018

Winner of the Men’s Singles 40 Years title at the recently concluded 2018 World Veteran Championships in Las Vegas; David Jacobs is very much the player on whom local eyes will focus at the forthcoming 2018 Indonesia Para Open Championships.

Bronze medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, he is the top seed in Men’s Singles Class 10.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

However, he is not the only name of note on the entry list for the tournament to be staged in the Gelora Bung Karno Training Arena in Jakarta; play commencing on Sunday 1st July and concluding in Tuesday 3rd July.

Notably in the Men’s Singles events Thailand’s Rungroj Thainiyom, Germany’s Jochen Wollmert and Jean-Paul Montanus of the Netherlands are all on duty, as most noticeably in the Women’s Singles event is Kelly van Zon, also from the Netherlands.

There are few who can match the achievements of Jochen Wollmert. Now 53 years old, competing in Class 7, he won the Men’s Singles title at the 1990 World Championships before also succeeding in 1998 and 2006.

However, it is his Paralympic Games record that stands tall. He won gold in Sydney in 2000 and then followed suit in 2008 in Beijing as well as in 2012 in London.

Similarly, playing in Class 6, Rungroj Thainiyom was a gold medallist in London in 2012; whilst like David Jacobs, he enjoyed success at the 2015 Asian Para Championships.

Impressive, it is the same for Kelly van Zon. Competing in Class 7, she was crowned World champion in 2010 and 2014, whilst in both 2016 and 2017 she was a gold medallist at the Paralympic Games.

Meanwhile for Jean-Paul Montanus, the success rate is not quite so glittering but competing in Class 7, he was crowned European champion in 2015, before last year winning at the United States Para Open.

A total of 108 men and 37 women will compete in Jakarata.

2018 Indonesia Para Open: Results and Draws

Paralympics Para Table Tennis David Jacobs