22 Dec 2018

Titles earlier in the week in the Men’s Singles events for Yuttajak Glinbanchuen and Wanchai Chaiwut; on the concluding day of action, Saturday 22nd December, at the 2018 Thailand Para Open in Chiang Mai, the host nation duo enjoyed further success.

In the Men’s Team wheelchair events, both claimed gold.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Yuttajak Glinbanchuen joined forces with colleagues Anurak Laowong and Wittaya Wichaiwattana to secure the Class 1-3 title, having earlier in the week all enjoyed success in Men’s Singles Class 3. Anurak Laowong had beaten Wittaya Wichaiwattana at the semi-final stage prior to experiencing defeat at the hands of Yuttajak Glinbanchuen in the final.

The top seeds, after recording a two-nil win semi-final win when facing the Russian trio comprising Rail Galiakberov, Vladimir Toporkov and Evgenii Riazantcev; a two-one win in opposition to Korea Republic’s Lim Hangsueng and Jang Yeonjin secured the title.

Similarly competing in Class 4, Wanchai Chaiwut joined forces with colleague Niyom Nachai and the Korea Republic’s Lee Kyeonghun to secure the top prize. Earlier competing in the same category in the Men’s Singles event, Wanchai Chaiwut had won gold, for Lee Kyeonghun it was silver, for Niyom Nachai bronze.

In a group organized Men’s Team event, the top seeds, they finished ahead of Iraq’s Muntadher Al Sarraji and Abbas Sarheed Khudhair. Japan’s Hiroki Sakazaki and Hideaki Nagashima concluded matters in third place.

Success for the favourites, in the one remaining Men’s Team wheelchair category competitions, it was success for the second seeds; Iraq’s Adel Khalid Challab and Gerardus Van Grunsven of the Netherlands combined to secure the Class 5 top prize. After recording a two-one penultimate round success against the host nation combination of Norakan Chanpahaka, Teeradech Klangmanee and Kamon Sayjan, they secured the title at the final expense of Korea Republic’s Jeon Taebyeong and Park Jaehyon. Likewise a two-one victory margin was the end result.

Notably at the semi-final stage, the Korea Republic duo had beaten the top seeded Japanese outfit formed by Kentaro Doi, Toru Nakamoto and Toshihiko Oka.

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