09 Apr 2019

Success for the host nation, Osama Abu Jame and Islam Al-Yamani were very much the players to attract the attention in the men’s singles wheelchair events on Tuesday 9th April at the 2019 Al-Watani Para Championships in Amman Jordan.

Gold and silver was their prize in competitions that witnessed surprise successes for Iran’s Hassan Janfeshan and Mahdi Masoumiyakhdamo but as anticipated for Norway’s Tommy Urhaug.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Osama Abu Jame finished in first place in a group organized class 3 event; it was as expected, he commenced matters as the top seed. The second position gained by Islam Al-Yamani was contrary to predictions; he was the fourth highest rated on duty.

In the engagement that decided first position Osama Abu Jame accounted for Islam Al-Yamani in straight games (11-4, 11-8, 11-2) but in his concluding match of the day, he almost came to grief. He escaped from the jaws of defeat in the third game against Nigeria Ahmed Owolabi Koleosho to eventually secure victory by the very narrowest of margins (8-11, 9-11, 17-11, 11-9, 13-11).

Success as anticipated for Osama Abu Jame; it was the same in class 5 for Tommy Urhaug. In a group organised event, in the crucial concluding contest, he overcame Nigeria’s Nasiru Sule, the no.2 seed (11-5, 11-5, 11-6) to secure first place. Notably, he concluded the event without surrendering a single individual match.

Impressive from Tommy Urhaug, it was even more impressive from Hassan Janfeshan and Mahdi Masoumiyakhdamo, both occupying the no.2 seeded places in the draw. Hassan Janfeshan secured the class 1-2 title beating Thailand’s Thirayu Chueawong in the final (7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9), the latter having caused a major semi-final upset by ousting Hungary’s Endre Major, the top seed (11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-13). In class 4 at the final hurdle, Mahdi Masoumiyakhdamo overcame Indonesia’s Adyos Astan(12-10, 11-5, 11-8), the top seed to claim first prize.

Play now continues with the men’s team wheelchair events.

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