21 Feb 2020

Success in men’s singles class 1-3 and later partnering colleague, Cristian Gonzalez to gold in men’s team class 1-5 on home soil in Santiago in late January at the 2020 Chile Para Open, the efforts of Luis Bustamente Flores have been acknowledged.

On Thursday 20th February, the 32 year old was named Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) athlete for the month for January. He received a massive 91 per cent of the vote in the online poll to decide the winner.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Furthermore, at the current 2020 Polish Para Open in Wladyslawowo, Luis Bustamente Flores is in good form; on Friday 21st February he won the men’s singles class two title, a result than enhances his chances of qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

To date Luis Bustamente Flores has not yet reserved his place in the Japanese capital city; however the men’s world rankings prevalent on Tuesday 31st March will determine a further 72 places spread over 11 events. The Chilean, named at no.9 on the current class 2 rankings, is well on course.

In Wladyslawowo, in the group stage of play, the top seed, after finishing in first place in his group ahead of Korea Republic’s Kang Changyong and the Czech Republic’s Martin Zvolanek; he overcame the host nation’s Tomasz Jakimczuk (11-5, 11-6, 12-14, 11-8), before once again beating Kang Changyong (11-6, 16-14, 4-11, 14-12) to seal the title.


Earlier in Santiago, in men’s singles class 1-3, likewise he remained unbeaten, he topped his group ahead of El Salvador’s Ramon Briceño and colleague Felipe Ibarra, prior to overcoming Brazil’s Iranildo Espindola (11-8, 11-8, 11-4) and colleague Cristian Diaz (11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7) to reserve the top prize.

Later in men’s team class 1-5, he joined forces with Cristian Gonzalez and Maximiliano Rodriguez to win the class 1-5 team title. In a group organised event, they finished ahead of the combination formed by Brazil’s Iranildo Espindola and Ecildo de Oliveira, who joined forces with Frenchman Nicolas Savant-Aira.

Omar Bustamente Flores, also won the award in June.

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