09 Sep 2019

Gold one day earlier in the individual events at the 2019 Czech Para Open in Ostrava, one day later on Sunday 8th September, Indonesia’s Charlermpong Punpoo and David Jacobs, alongside Hungary’s Peter Palos added to their collection of titles by emerging successful in the men’s team competition.

Similarly in the women’s events, Korea Republic’s Kang Oejeong and Yoo Jiyu, in addition to Serbia’s Borislava Peric-Rankovic and Chinese Taipei’s Tian Shiau-Wen, doubled their gold medal collection.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Kang Oejeong partnered Yoon Jiyu to success in class 5; a win as anticipated, the Korea Republic duo commencing play as the top seeds. It was the same from Borislava Peric-Rankovic and compatriot Sanja Mijatovic in class 4.

However, the success recorded by Tian Shiau-Wen and colleague Lin Tzu-Yu was less predicted, the no.2 seeds, they recorded a 2-0 win against Denmark’s Sophie Walloe and Thea Nielsen, the top seeds, to seal the title.

According to status

Meanwhile for Charlermpong Punpoo, David Jacobs and Peter Palos, the successes were according to status, all commenced matters the top seeds. Charlermpong Punpoo partnered Japan’s Kazuya Kaneko to gold in class 7, David Jacobs allied with fellow Indonesian, Komet Akbar, to secure success in class 10; Peter Palos joined forces with Poland’s Marek Chybinski to emerge the class 11 champion.

Success as anticipated; in the men’s team events, it was the same in class 1-2 for Slovakia’s Jan Riapos and Martin Ludrovsky, as it was in class 3 for the combination of Ireland’s Colin Judge and Italy’s Matteo Orsi. Similarly, Romania’s Bobi Simion partnered Italy’s Matteo Parenzan to gold in class 6, a situation that applied also in class 9 to Great Britain’s Josh Stacey and Ashley Facey-Thompson.

“Ash and me went from strength to strength as we progressed through the matches. I think we both feel that we are starting to complement each other in terms of the way we are playing and the tactics we are using.” Josh Stacey

Similarly, in the women’s team events, the combination formed by Japan’s Yukimi Chada and Thailand’s Pattarvadee Wararitdamrongkul justified their top seeded position on class 1-3.

Surprise winners

Titles secured as predicted but there were surprise winners.

In the women’s team events, Indonesia’s Suwarti Suwarti and Hamida Hamida emerged the unexpected winners in class 6-8, as did Japan’s Nanako Hazemaya and Ayumi Kawasaki in class 11. At the final hurdle Suwarti Suwarti and Hamida Hamida recorded a 2-0 win against Norway’s Aida Dahlen and Nora Korneliussen, the Norwegians having one round earlier secured a 2-1 success in opposition to the top seeds, Russia’s Victoriya Safonova and Elena Litvinenko.

Impressive from Suwarti Suwarti and Hamida Hamida it was the same from Yukimi Chada and Pattarvadee Wararitdamrongkul; at the final hurdle they accounted for the top seeded Hong Kong pairing of Ng Mui Wui and Wong Pui Kei; a 2-1 success was the victory margin.

Unexpected outcomes

Surprise winners, there were also unexpected outcomes in the men’s team event.

Indonesia’s Adyos Astan and Yangyang Gunaya combined to secure the class 4 title; the duo overcoming Spain’s Francisco Lopez and Roberto Rodriguez 2-0 in the final, the penultimate round 2-1 winners in opposition to Slovakia’s Peter Mihalik and Boris Tavincek, the top seeds.

Likewise in class 5, an Indonesian pair upset the order of merit. Tatok Hardiyanto and Agus Sutanto secured a 2-0 victory margin against the French pairing of Alexandre Delarque and Nicolas Savant-Aira, to secure gold. Earlier at the semi-final stage Alexandre Delarque and Nicolas Savant-Aira had claimed a 2-0 success in opposition to the leading pairing on duty,  Great Brotain’s Jack Hunter-Spivey and Norway’s Sebastian Vegsund.

Gold somewhat against the odds for Indonesia; it was the same for the international combination of Belgium’s Marc Ledoux, Frenchman Clément Berthier and Hungary’s Gyula Zborai. They posted a 2-1 win against the pairing of Germany’s Joshua Wagener and Italy’s Samuel de Chiara, the latter duo having recorded a 2-1 semi-final success when facing the top seeded Spanish trio of Alvaro Valera, Jordi Morales and Ricard Sabio Ruiz.

Play in Ostrava completed, attention now turns to the Swedish city of Helsingborg, the 2019 European Para Championships commence on Monday 16th September.

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