21 Mar 2019

Champions crowned, in the men’s singles wheelchair events at the 2019 Para Costa Brava Open in Girona; when matters came to a close on Thursday 21st April; the Korea Republic and France shared the spoils.

Park Sungjoo, Kim Junggil and Kim Kiyoung flew the flag for the Korea Republic, for France Fabien Lamirault and Florian Merrien held the tricolour aloft.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Kim Kiyoung emerged successful in class 5 as his top seeded status suggested, in the final he beat colleague Kim Kyungyoung (11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8), the semi-final victor over Frenchman Nicolas Savant-Aira, the no.2 seed (13-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-8).

Success for Kim Kiyoung as anticipated, somewhat differently, the wins recorded by Park Sungjoo and Kim Junggil were mild surprises; both started play as the second seeds. Park Sungjoo secured the class 1 title at the final expense of Brazil’s Aloisio Lima Junior (11-6, 11-6, 11-7), a player very much in form. In the penultimate round, the Brazilian had accounted for Korea Republic’s Nam Kiwon, the top seed (9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9).

Similarly in class 4, Kim Junggil secured the top prize against a player who earlier in the day had excelled. He accounted for colleague, Lee Kyeonghun, the quarter-final winner in opposition to top seed and compatriot, Kim Younggun (11-8, 11-2, 8-11, 11-9); a player who one round later had almost disappeared from view; he was stretched to the very limit by Romania’s Petru Ifrosa (12-10, 8-11, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10).

Titles for the second seeds, not where the top seeded Frenchmen were concerned; in both instances it was runners up spot as status advised. At the final hurdle Fabien Lamirault beat colleague Stéphane Molliens to claim class 2 gold; in class 3 it was success for Florian Merrien at the expense of Brazil’s Welder Knaf (11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5).

Play in the individual events concluded, attention now turns to the team competitions; play concludes in Girona on Friday 22nd March.

2019 Para Costa Brava Open: Draws and Results

Paralympics Para Table Tennis 2019 Costa Brava Spanish Open Kim Kiyoung

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