13 Oct 2018

Gold medallists in the Men’s Singles events earlier in the proceedings at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia; on the concluding day of action, Saturday 13th October, China’s Feng Panfeng, Yan Shuo and Zhao Shuai added to their title haul as did the Korea Republic’s Kim Younggun.

All emerged successful in the Men’s Team events.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Respective gold and silver medallists in Men’s Singles Class 3, Feng Panfeng and Guo Fei teamed with Gao Yanming to clinch Men’s Team success in the same category; Korea Republic’s Baek Youngbok and Lim Hangsueng finished in second place in the group organised event, ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Wu Cheng-Sheng and Yin Chien-Ping.

Meanwhile, in Class 4-5, there was more gold for Kim Younggun; an event organised in two stages, at the final hurdle alongside Kim Junggil, the player Kim Younggun had beaten in the Men’s Singles Class 4 title decider, it was success against China. In the final the Korea Republic duo recorded a two-nil win in opposition to Cao Ningning and Zhan Yan. Notably in the Men’s Singles events, Cao Ningning had won Class 5, Zhang Yan had been a semi-finalist in Class 4.

In the penultimate round both finalists had ended the hopes of Chinese Taipei. Kim Younggun and Kim Junggil had beaten Cheng Ming-Chih and Lin Yen-Hung by two matches to one; somewhat more convincingly Cao Ningning and Zhang Yan had recorded a two-nil success in opposition to Lin Wen-Hsin and Liang Chen-Kun.

More gold to the locker, it was the same for Yan Shuo and Zhao Shuai. Winner of Men’s Singles Class 7, Yan Shuo partnered colleague Chen Chao, silver medallist in Men’s Singles Class 6, to success in Men’s Team Class 6-7. In a group organised event, Yan Shuo and Chen Chao finished ahead of the Korea Republic’s Park Hongkyu, Lee Seho and Kim Yongrok. Third position was secured by Japan’s Yagi Katsuyoshi, Kazuyas Kaneko and Masachika Inoue.

Similarly, Zhao Shuai joined forces with colleague Ye Chao Qun, the player he had beaten in the Men’s Singles Class 8 final, to secure gold in the same category in the Men’s Team competition. Organised in two stages; in the final, the top seeds, they beat Thailand’s Phisit Wangphonphathanasiri and Komrit Charitsat, the no.2 seeds, by two matches to nil.

In the penultimate round Zhao Shuai and Ye Chao Qun had ousted Vietnam’s Pham Van Hoang and Vo Quoc Hung; Phisit Wangphonphathanasiri and Komrit Charitsat had accounted for Japan’s Arufuahirokazu and Takumi Shukunobe. Both semi-finals witnessed two-nil outcomes.

Play concluded in Jakarta, attention now turns to Lasko-Celjie in Slovenia; the 2018 World Para Championships begin in earnest on Thursday 17th October.

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