06 Dec 2018

Gold medallist one week ago at the Copa Tango in Buenos Aires; on Wednesday 5th December at the Copa Costa Rica in San José, Chile’s Luis Bustamente Flores added to his collection of titles; he won Men’s Singles Clas 1-2, in so doing he fully justified his top seeded position in the competition.

In a group organized event, he finished ahead of Cuba’s Yunier Fernandez, Canada’s Peter Isherwood and the host country’s Erik Nuñez.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Success for Chile, in the remaining Men’s Singles wheelchair categories, the names of the winners have yet to be announced but the South American country could well be in line for more silverware.

In Class 4, Cristian Gonzalez, the top seed, secured first place in his group but the performance to note was that of compatriot, Maximiliano Rodriguez, he beat Brazil’s Ecildo Lopez de Oliveira, the no.3 seed (11-6, 11-6, 11-7) to secure first place in the group. It was the only defeat for the Ecildo Lopez de Oliveira, he duly secured second spot and progress to the main draw; troubled times for one Brazilian not for another. Alexandre Macieira the no.2 seed; he duly remained unbeaten to reserve first place in the group.

A surprise in Class 4, it was similar in Class 5, play administered on the group formula. Philippe Dureux of France, the top seed, lost to Cuba’s Daniel Ramirez (6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8), a player who in the opening match in the group had experienced defeat at the hands of colleague, Gabriel Diaz (7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6). Gabriel Diaz ended the day the only unbeaten player in the group.

Problems for Philippe Dureux of France, in Class 5, there was also a somewhat unexpected defeat for Costa Rica’s Geovanni Rodriguez; the no.2 seed, he was beaten by Venezuela’s Roberto Quiada (6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4) and had to settle for runners up spot. Roberto Quiada duly remained unbeaten to top the group. Meanwhile in the corresponding group Russia’s Vladimir Toporkov, the top seed, duly finished in first place.

Play in the individual events concludes on Thursday 6th December.

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