03 Jul 2018

Silver medallist in Men’s Team Class 1-2 just over one year ago in partnership with colleague Thirayu Chueawong in El Prat de Llobregat, Spain; Thailand’s Natthawut Thinathet emerged the biggest surprise winner in the wheelchair categories at the 2018 Indonesia Para Open in Jakarta on Monday 2nd July.

Not listed amongst the leading names, he won his first ever such title at an Open International Para tournament. Against the odds, he secured gold in the Men’s Singles Class 2 competition.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

At the final hurdle he beat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Fu Kuei, the no.2 seed (11-8, 11-7, 11-4) and thus maintained the form of the previous day. In the first stage of proceedings he had overcome Huang Ching-Hung, the top seed and also from Chinese Taipei (11-1, 11-6, 11-6) to secure first place in the group.

Success for Natthawut Thinathet contrary to expectations; also in the Women’s Singles wheelchair categories there was a surprise winner but of a relatively minor nature. The host nation’s Tarsilem Tarsilem, the no.2 seed, secured the Class 4-5 title. She accounted for Thailand’s Wassana Sringam at the final hurdle (11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 12-10).

A notable win, Wassana Sringam was a player in form; the previous day at the semi-final stage she had beaten Hong Kong’s Wong Pui Yi, the top seed (11-5, 11-3, 11-8).

Otherwise in the wheelchair events the top seeds, the favourites, succeeded.

In the Men’s Singles events, Iran’s Mehran Vaslati won Class 1; Hong Kong’s Ko Hang Yee captured the Class 2 title. Success for visitors, there was also success for the host nation. Adyos Aston emerged victorious in Class 4; Agus Sutanto was crowned the Class 5 champion.

Meanwhile in the one remaining event in the Women’s wheelchair category, it was success for Thailand; Pattaravadee Wararitdamrongkul secured the top prize in Class 3.

Attention now turns to the team events, play concludes in Tuesday 3rd July.

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