06 Oct 2018

Gold medallists at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, China’s Feng Panfeng and Cao Ningning made successful starts to their campaigns at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday 6th October.

Similarly, it was a positive opening day of action for the Korea Republic’s Kim Younggun, who like his Chinese colleagues, had struck gold four years ago when the Asian Games had been staged in his home country’s city of Incheon.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In Incheon, Feng Panfeng who, in addition to his Men’s Singles success, when partnering Zhai Xiang had secured Team Class 1-3 gold, was in no mood for charity; once again competing in Class 3, the top seed, he underlined his status by beating Hong Kong’s Choi Siu Hung in three straight games (11-3, 11-5, 11-5).

Similarly, Kim Younggun stressed the fact that he has every intention of retaining his Men’s Singles Class 4 title; in his opening contest, the top seed, he overcame Chinese Taipei’s Liang Chen-Kun in three straight games (11-9, 11-3, 11-4).

Impressive from both Feng Panfeng and Kim Younggun, it was the same from Cao Ningning. Four years ago he had gained success in Men’s Team Class 5 when joining forces with Zhang Yan and Guo Xingyuan. However, in Men’s Singles Class 5 there had been no similar success; in Jakarta he endorsed the fact that he has every intentions of putting matters to rights. He opened his account with success in opposition to Macao’s Cheong Lam Sam (11-5, 11-3, 11-5). Cao Ningning, similar to Feng Pangfeng and Kim Younggun, started play as the top seed.

Success for the highest rated, in the two further Men’s Singles which commenced on the opening day of action; there were also positive starts for the top seeds. In Class 2 Korea Republic’s Cha Soo Yong accounted for Macau’s Chu Cheng Lao (11-6, 11-3, 11-5), in Class 7 China’s Yan Shuo overcame Korea Republic’s Lee Se Ho (11-5, 5-11, 11-2, 11-5).

Play in the Men’s Singles events continues on Sunday 7th October.

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