01 Sep 2018

Competing in Men’s Singles Class 7, it has not been the best of fortunes for the Czech Republic’s Kristian Jelinek at the 2018 China Para Open in Beijing; on Thursday 30th August he concluded play in fourth place in his group behind the host nation’s Yan Shuo, Japan’s Kazuya Kaneko and Ukraine’s Bogdan Omelchuk.

Most certainly he faced redoubtable opponents, those with far greater experience; simply to compete in such an event was a very brave act.

by Lika Ma

Likewise in Men’s Team Class 7 it was the same outcome in partnership with Poland’s Maksym Chudzicki; in Beijing for the 14 year old, it is very much a learning experience.

Table tennis for Kristian Jelinek started when he saw his father playing against a colleague; only four years old at the time, he wanted to try his hand and duly enjoyed the experience.

Always he has father by his side, helping amongst other things carry luggage as his son’s condition deteriorates; he may in the foreseeable future compete in the wheelchair classes. Results, winning and losing is not paramount in his father’s eyes; it is the taking part that counts, participating in a meaningful activity, taking exercise.

Nonetheless, Kristian Jelinek is a most competitive and determined teenager, his avowed goal is to compete in the 2024 or possibly the 2028 Paralympic Games. Meanwhilem away from the table tennis arena his ambition is to be a psychologist, help other people and help him understand more about the competitive elements of sport.

Competing internationally is tiring for Kristian Jelinek. Always he gives his best, his enthusiasm is undiminished. Moreover, very soon there is another tournament in which he can compete, one he eagerly awaits.

The name of Kristian Jelinek appears on the entry list for the three day 2018 Czech Para Open which commences on Thursday 20th September in Ostrava.

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