07 Dec 2021

Thailand’s Wassana Sringam and Iran’s Seyed Hosseinipour, alongside Japan’s Yichiro Kitagawa and Genki Saito emerged the most successful players in the table tennis events at the 2021 Youth Para Games in Manama, Bahrain, when three days of action concluded on Sunday 5th December.

A multi-sport event for athletes under 23 years of age, all four struck gold in both individual and team events.

by Ian Marshall

Wassana Sringam finished ahead of Panwas Sringam in a group organised women’s singles class 4-5 event, before the pair combined to secure the women’s team class 2-5 title.

Similarly, in the men’s events, Yuichiro Kitagawa secured first place in class 2-3, as did Genki Saito in class 4; later they combined to win the class 2-5 team title.

Impressive from Yichiro Kitagawa and Genki Saito, it was the same from Seyed Hosseinipour. He won class 8, prior to partnering colleague Arsham Ramazini to gold in team class 6-8.

More titles for Iran and Japan

Success for Iran, in women’s team class 6-10, there was further gold; Fatemah Mohammanadi and Hananeh Negati emerged victorious.

Similarly, in the men’s team competition, there was success for Chinese Taipei, Sun Jian-Sian and Chen Hsien-Ju emerged the class 9-10 winners.

Notable performances but it was Japan that departed Manama with the greatest collection of gold; in addition to Yichiro Kitagawa and Genki Saito, in the men’s singles events, Hayuma Abe won class 9, Mahiro Funayama emerged successful in class 10.

Hong Kong and Thailand

Additionally, there was also notable success for Hong Kong. Also, in the men’s singles competition, Tong Chi Ming emerged the class 6-7 winner, Wan Wai Lok struck gold in class 11.

Meanwhile, Norakan Chanpahaka added to Thai success; he won men’s singles class 5.

Nine sports

Table tennis was one of nine sports on the Manama schedule, the others being athletics, badminton, boccia, goalball, taekwondo, powerlifting, swimming and wheelchair basketball.

Overall, an estimated 800 athletes competed, the closing ceremony was staged on Monday 6th December.

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