09 Apr 2019

Belgium’s Laurens Devos and Austria’s Krisztian Gardos alongside Jean-Paul Montanus of the Netherlands secured gold in the men’s singles standing classes on Tuesday 9th April at the 2019 Al Watani Para Championships in the Jordanian capital city of Amman.

The wins were as expected, they were the favourites, they commenced play as the top seeds; the surprises were provided by Iran’s Seyed Amirhossein and Nigeria’s Victor Farinloye.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Against the odds they contested the class 8 final, Seyed Amirhossein emerging the winner in impressive fashion, he won in straight games (11-9, 11-7, 11-8), the success coming after both had caused semi-final surprises.

In the penultimate round, Seyed Amirhossein had beaten Thailand’s Phisit Wangphonphatanasiri, the top seed (7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-4, 11.8), in the opposite half of the draw, Victor Farinloye had ended the hopes of Hungary’s Gyula Istvan Zborai, the no.2 seed (11-4, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9).

A surprise outcome; it was not the situation in the remaining men’s singles standing categories. In each instance the final witnessed success for the top seed in opposition to the second seed.

Jean-Paul Montanus of the Netherlands won class 6-7, after overcoming Thailand’s Suriyone Thapaeng (11-3, 11-7, 11-5), he beat Belgium’s Ben Despineux, (11-3, 11-9, 13-11) to secure the title. Similarly, Laurens Devos clinched the class 9 top prize, semi-final success in opposition to Hungary’s Dezo Bereczki (11-8, 11-9, 11-3), later in the deciding contest he accounted for Nigeria’s Tajudeen Agunbale (11-5, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8).

Meanwhile, not to be upstaged Krisztian Gardos secured gold in class 10 and with a degree of style. Success against Thailand’s Bunpot Sillapakong to book his place in the final; he overcame Malaysia’s Mohamad Azwar Bakar to clinch gold (13-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4).

Proceedings in the men’s standing events concluded, play now continues with the men’s team standing class categories.

2019 Para Al-Watani Championships: Draws and Results

Paralympics Para Table Tennis Krisztian Gardos Laurens Devos. Jean-Paul Montanus

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