12 Oct 2018

One day remaining in the table tennis events in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarata; in the Men’s Team events four titles have yet to be decided.

Following the close of play on Friday 12th October, the prominent names, the favourites for gold, are on course for podium places.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Notably, China and the Korea Republic are very much to the fore.

In Class 3, an event organised on a group basis the Chinese trio formed by Feng Panfeng, Gao Yan Ming and Guo Fei, the top seeds, remain unbeaten as do the second seeds, the Korea Republic combination of Baek Youngbook and Lim Hangsueng.

Likewise in Class 4-5 where there are two groups in the initial stage, Korea Republic’s Kim Younggun and Kim Junggil, the top seeds, duly finished in first place in their group, as did the Chinese duo of Cao Ningning and Zhang Yan, he no.2 seeds.

China and the Korea Republic vying for honours, it is the same in Class 6-7. Again, an event organised on a group basis, China’s Yan Shuo and Chen Chao remain unbeaten; a situation that also applies to the Korea Republic outfit formed by Park Hongkyu, Lee Seho and Kim Yongok. Notably, the Koreans caused somewhat of an upset; they recorded a two-one success against the second seeded Japanese trio formed by Katsuyoshi Yogi, Kazuuya Kaneko and Masachika Inoue.

Meanwhile, in the one remaining Men’s Team title to be decided, once again China is on course for gold. In Class 8, Zhao Shuai and Ye Chaoqun duly secured first place in their group but their major rivals on this occasion are not the Korea Republic, the principal opposition is Thailand. Phisit

Phisit Wangphonphatathananasiri, Komrit Charitsat and Parinya Chuaigae Keereerut, the no.2 seeds, reserved top spot in the corresponding group.

Play in Jakarta concludes on Saturday 13th October.

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