08 Dec 2018

Favourites for gold, the partnership formed by Cuba’s Yunier Fernandez and Russia’s Vladimir Toporkov, duly emerged successful on Friday 8th December at the 2018 Copa Costa Rico Para Open in the country’s capital city of San José; they captured the Men’s Team Class 1-3 title and thus duly justified their top seeded billing.

However, in the wheelchair events, of those outfits that started the favourite, they were the only pair to claim gold.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In Men’s Team Class 4-5 the Brazilian combination of Alexandre Macieira and Eclido Lopez de Oliveira had to settle for silver, in Women’s Team Class 1-5 for their colleagues, Thais Fraga Severo and Marliane Amaral Santos, it was third position.

Proceedings organized on a group basis, Yunier Fernandez and Vladimir Toporkov finished in first place ahead of the partnership formed by Chile’s Luis Bustamente and Brazil’s Jean-Carlos de Oliveira. The Canadian combination of Steven Dunn, Peter Isherwood and Rob Cloutier concluded matters in third position ahead of the host country’s Geovanni Rodriguez and Erik Nuñez.

Success for Vladimir Toporkov meant he departed San José with two titles to his name; earlier in the proceedings, he had won Men’s Singles Class 3.

Similarly, compatriot Aleksandra Vasileva finished with two gold medals to her credit as did Chile’s Cristian Gonzalez.

Aleksandra Vasileva partnered Germany’s Lisa Hentig to gold in Women’s Team Class 1-5, a event organized on a group basis, they finished ahead of the partnership formed by Cuba’s Yanelis Santos and Cynthia Ranii of the United States. The third place gained by Thais Fraga Severo and Marliane Amaral Santos, meant that Thai Fraga Severo fell short of adding to her title collection; the previous day she had secured the top prize in Women’s Singles Class 2-3.

Meanwhile, in Men’s Team Class 4-5, in harness with colleague Maximiliano Rodriguez, Cristian Gonzalez added to his Men’s Singles Class 4 title. At the final hurdle the duo recorded a two-nil win against Brazil’s Alexandre Macieira and Eclido Lopez de Oliveira, having in the penultimate round secured a two-one success in opposition to Venezuela’s Amilcar Pernalete and Roberto Quijada.

Impressively, in the opposite half of the draw, Alexandre Macieira and Eclido Lopez de Oliveira had reserved their place in the final courtesy of a two-nil win in opposition to the French partnership comprising Philippe Durieux and Yorik Adjal.

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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