31 Aug 2021

Nails bitten to the quick, an electric atmosphere pervaded the Metropolitan Gymnasium as play concluded on the evening of the sixth day of play, Tuesday 31st August, at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Germany celebrated.

by Ian Marshall

Björn Schnake beat Rungroj Thainiyom (11-7, 11-7, 12-10) to give Germany a 2-1 win against Thailand in men’s team class 6-7.

The success came after Charlermpong Punpoo and Rungroj Thainiyom has secured the doubles in opposition to Thomas Rau and Bjorn Schalke (11-5, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9) to give Thailand the ideal start.

Immediately following, Thomas Rau defeated Charlermpong Punpoo (14-16, 11-8, 3-11, 11-3, 12-10) to level matters.

Earlier in men’s team class 6-7 Great Britain represented by Paul Karabardak and Will Bayley had recorded a 2-0 win against Australia’s Jake Ballestrino and Trevor Hirth.

Likewise, China’s Liao Keli and Yan Shuo had secured the same margin of success in opposition to Brazil’s Paulo Salmin and Israel Stroh; not to be overshadowed Spain’s Jordi Morales and Alvaro Valera had beaten Egypt’s Ibrahim Hamadtou and Sayed Mohamed Youssef in a similar manner.

At the semi-final stage China meets Thailand, Spain opposes Great Britain.

Equally, there was a tense finish in men’s team class 3 just a few seconds earlier.

Petr Svatos overcame Oleksandr Yezyk (9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8) to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 win against Ukraine; the success came after Petr Svatos had partnered Jiri Suchanek to doubles success against Vasyl Petriunov and Oleksandr Yezk, to be followed by Vasyl Petriunov overcoming Jiri Suchanek to level matters (6-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 12-10).

The contest very different to the two remaining quarter-finals, China’s Feng Panfeng and Zhao Ping recorded a 2-0 win in opposition to Jenson Emburgh and Michael Godfrey of the United States, the same margin of victory as was achieved by Thailand’s Yuttajak Glinbanchuen and Anorak Laowong in opposition to Korea Republic’s Joo Youngdae and Kim Ki Won.

Germany’s Thomas Brüchle and Thomas Schmidberger gained a direct entry to the semi-finals.

In the penultimate round Germany faces the Czech Republic, China opposes Thailand.

All semi-finals will be played on Wednesday 1st September.

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