12 Nov 2021

Gold in the individual events followed the same colour medal in the team competition, it was very much the scenario as play closed on Thursday 11th November at the ITTF SQY French Para Open 2021 in Voisins les Bretonneux.

Croatia’s Andela Muzinic achieved the feat to emerge the most successful female player on duty; for the men Norway’s Tommy Urhaug and Frenchman Clément Berthier completed the double, as did Korea Republic’s Kim Younggun and Kim Gitae. However, they were not alone.

by Ian Marshall

Pride of place went to Poland, on the final day of play Tomasz Jakimczuk, Maksym Chudzicki and Igor Misztal, all added to earlier success.

Andela Muzinic, having won the class 3 singles title, partnered colleague, Helena Dretar Karic to success in the class 3-5 team event.

A group administered competition, the Croatian duo finished ahead of Korea Republic’s Jung Younga and Moon Sunghae who joined forces with India’s Ushabahen Rathod.

Helena Dretar Karic and Andela Muzinic won the women’s team class 3-5 title (Photo: Philippe Bouric)


Group organised

Similarly, in a group organised event, Tomasz Jakimczuk partnered Hungary’s Endre Major and Adam Urlauber to success in team class 1-2, having the previously won the class 2 singles title.

The trio secured first place at the expense of the host nation’s Charlelie Arnaud, Vincent Boury and Julien Michaud.

Endre Major and Tomasz Jakimczuk combined to win men’s team class 1-2, (Photo: Philippe Bouric0


Maintained form

Good form maintained, it was the same from Korea Republic’s Kim Younggun, the class 4 singles winner and Tommy Urhaug, successful in class 5.

Partnering Japan’s Geiki Saito, Kim Younggun secured team class 3-4 gold, recording a 2-1 win in the final against Slovakia’s Peter Mihalik and Boris Travincek; the outcome the same in team class 5 for Tommy Urhaug and Norwegian colleague, Sebastian Vegsund.

Focused, in the title decider when opposing Nigeria’s Ahmed Koleosho and Nasiru Sule.

Two titles for Kim Youngun (Photo: Philippe Bouric)


More gold

Adding to success, Maksym Chudzicki, Clément Berthier and Igor Misztal all maintained their form.

Maksym Chudinski, the class 7 singles champion, joined forces with colleague Michal Deigsler to secure class 6-7 team gold, the pair securing a 2-1 win in the final against Sweden’s Sam Gustafsson and Jonas Hansson.

Likewise at the final hurdle when facing Nigeria’s Francis Chukwuemeka and Alabu Olufemil in the class 10 team final, it was a 2-1 margin of victory for Igor Misztal and colleague Pawel Wlodyka. Earlier, Igor Misztal had won the class 10 singles title.

More gold for Maksym Chudzicki (Photo: Philippe Bouric)


Different scenario

Slightly differently, for Clément Berthier, the class 8 winner, competing in the same category in harness with compatriot Michel Schaller, it was a 2-0 success in the final when opposing the combination of Sweden’s Anton Grankvist and Australia’s Nathan Pellisier.

Not to be upstaged, in class 11, Kim Gitae added to singles success; he joined forces with colleague Jeong Kyuyoung to secure the top prize. In a group organised affair, they finished ahead of Frenchmen Lucas Creange and Antoine Zhao.

Kim Gitae won men’s singles class 11 before joining forces with Jeong Kyuyoung to claim men’s doubles gold (Photo: Philippe Bouric)



Meanwhile, in the remaining events, in the women’s competition Romania’s Gabriela Constantin and Morgen Caillaud of France emerged the class 6 team winners; Sweden’s Anja Handen partnered Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic to gold in class 7-10.

In a group organised event, Gabriela Constantin and Morgen Caillaud finished ahead of Poland’s Barbara Jablonska and Katarzyna Marszal; Anja Handen and Mirjana Lucic secured a 2-0 win at the final hurdle when opposing Germany’s Lena Kramm and Marlene Reeg.

Anja Handen partnered Mirjana Lucic to women’s team class 6-7 gold (Photo: Philippe Bouric)


Associations combine

Success for pairs from different member associations; it was the same in the one remaining event, men’s team class 9.

Germany’s Yannick Ruddenklau combined with Brazil’s Lucas Carvalho and India’s Dattaprasad Chougule to emerge victorious. Also, in a group administered event, they completed the day ahead of the Netherlands’ duo formed by Bart van der Burg and Bart van der Zanden.

Yannick Ruddenklau won men’s team class 9 partnering Lucas Carvalhon and Dattaprasad Chougule (Photo: Philippe Bouric)



Eyes now turn to the Argentine capital city of Argentina, a Factor 20 tournament for world ranking, the three day XVIII Copa Tango commences on Friday 19th November.

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