03 Aug 2019

Success the previous day in the individual events, for Korea Republic’s Jung Younga and Russia’s Elena Prokofeva there was further success as proceedings closed in Tokyo on Saturday 3rd August at the 2019 Para Japan Open.

All secured gold in the women’s team competition as in the men’s did Sweden’s Carl Öhgren, Norway’s Tommy Urhaug and Thailand’s Rungroj Thainiyom alongside Ukraine’s Viktor Didukh and Australia’s Samuel von Einem.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Winner of the class 5 title the previous day, Jung Younga partnered colleague Li Migyu to class 2-5 success; similarly in class 11, Elena Kosacheva secured gold in harness with compatriot Anzhelika Kosacheva.

Meanwhile, Carl Öhgren added the class 1-3 team title to his collection. He joined forces with Germany’s Thomas Brüchle, the player he had beaten at the semi-final stage (8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 19-17, 11-7) to secure the class 3 singles top prize. Likewise, Tommy Urhaug had overcome Great Britain’s Jack Hunter-Spivey in the class 5 singles penultimate round (11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-3); together they emerged team champions in the same category.

Form maintained, it was the same for Rungroj Thainiyom, the class 6 singles winner, he lined up alongside colleague, Charlermpong Punpoo to capture class 7 gold, notably recording a 2-0 win in the final in opposition to top seeds, the pairing of Great Britain’s Will Bayley and Germany’s Jochen Wollmert.

ChCharlermpong Punpoo (left) and (right) Rungroj Thainiyom, the men’s team class 7 winners (Photo: courtesy of Slovakia Table Tennis Association)


Significantly for all others who completed the double, the top seeded position was their rating; a situation that applied Viktor Didukh and Samuel von Einem. Competing in the same categories as in the individual competitions, Viktor Didukh partnered colleague Ivan Mai to class 8 gold; Samuel von Einem joined forces with Korea Republic’s Kim Gitae to gain success in class 11.

Gold for Rungroj Thainiyom and Charlermpong Punpoo was a mild surprise, they commenced play the second seeds; the title clinched in men’s team class 9 was a much greater upset. Not listed amongst the leading pairs, Great Britain’s Joshua Stacey and Ashley Facey Thompson clinched the top prize. Impressively in the final they recorded a 2-0 win against the top seeded Ukrainian duo of Maksym Nikolenko and Lev Kats.

Joshua Stacey partnered Ashley Facey Thompson to a surprise gold (Photo: Marc Kolbe / Getty Images)


Otherwise it was success for the top seeds, in the men’s event Korea Republic’s Kim Younggun and Thailand’s Wanchai Chaiwut secured the class 4 title; Germany’s Thomas Rau and Tim Laue emerged the class 6 champions. Likewise in class 10, it was gold for the favourites. The combination of the Czech Republic’s Ivan Karabec and Great Britain’s Kim Daybell claimed gold.

In the women’s events, in a similar vein, Russia’s Maliak Alieva and Victoriya Safanova prevailed in class 6-7, as did Australia’s Andrea McDonnell and Melissa Tapper in class 8-10.

Play concluded in Tokyo, attention now turns to Thailand, the three day 2019 Para Bangkok Open begins on Thursday 8th August.

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