08 Dec 2018

Titles earlier in the week, in the standing categories at the 2018 Copa Costa Rica Para Open in San José, on the concluding day of action, Friday 8th December, Chile’s Matias Pino Lorca alongside the Russian duo of Alexei Saunin and Iuri Nozdrunov all added to their gold medal haul; all emerged successful in the Men’s Team events.

Similarly, by gaining success in Women’s Team Class 6-8, Victoriya Safonova, also from Russia, secured a second gold.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Victoriya Safonova partnering Maliak Alieva in a group administered Women’s Team Class 6-8 event, finished ahead of the combination formed by Costa Rica’s Aneth Araya and Canada’s Stephanie Chan,

Thus she gained success in the same category as in the Women’s Singles event. The Brazilian trio comprising Milena Frsanca dos Santos, Elem Alves and Saline Meneses finished in third place.

A repeat success for Victoriya Safanova, it was the same for Matias Pino Lorca; having won Men’s Singles Class 6, he partnered Ignacio Torres to gold in the same class. At the final hurdle the duo accounted for the combination of Germany’s Thomas Rau and Canada’s Gabriel Seguin, having in the penultimate round ousted Venezuela’s Jean-Pierre Giraud and Alger Martinez by the same two-nil margin. In the corresponding semi-final, Thomas Rau and Gabriel Seguin had secured a two-one win when facing the Czech Republic’s Daniel Horhut and Zbynek Lambert.

Likewise there was further success as experienced earlier for Aleksei Saunin in Class 8; having won the Men’s Singles event, he partnered colleague Artem Iakovlev to Men’s Team gold.

Two matches to nil wins were the order of the day as a semi-final success was recorded against Brazil’s Francisco de Melo and Alexon Chilis, followed by a similarly impressive win when facing the combination formed by Canada’s Curtis Caron and Ian Kent alongside Japan’s Arufuahirokazu Tateishi. In the opposite half of the draw, Curtis Caron, Ian Kent and Arufuahirokazu Tateishi had beaten Costa Rica’s Andres Mendez and Jason Anchia by two matches to one to reserve their place in the final.

Meanwhile, in Men’s Team Class 9-10, Iuri Nozdrunov added to his success of the previous day when he had been crowned Men’s Singles Class 9 champion. He joined forces with Vladimir Glazov and Ivan Karpov to claim gold; a two-nil win being the outcome against Chile’s Manuel Echaveguren and Alvaro Vega, before a two-one victory margin in opposition to the Brazilian combination of Claudio Massad, Lucas dos Santos and Basilio Pereira de Oliveira sealed the title.

In the opposite half of the draw, the Brazilians had secured their place in the final courtesy of a two-nil success against Cuba’s Erich Manso and Victor Ochoa.

Play in San José concluded, attention now turns to Chiang Mai; the 2019 Thailand Para Open commences on Wednesday 19th December.

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