Time for the next Portuguese generation
France brought back gold home. Last year’s bronze medalists are at the top of the Old Continent. In the final of the Cadet Boys Team’s Event at the STRÖCK European Youth Championships in Schwechat they overcame Russia to clinch fifth title in nine years.
Can AKKUZU was a member of French team that won bronze last year. On the other side of the net Konstantin CHERNOV reached the medal rostrum at the European Championships for a first time. The experience was not the main subject in their encounter since CHERNOV proved capable to put AKKUZU into deep trouble. The winner of cadet Top-10 in Buzau suffered defeat in the opening match.
Alexandre CASSIN left no space for Nikita YARUSHIN to impose his game, by leaving his adversary only four points in the opening set. In similar style he posted wins in next two games and brought back France into match.
In Doubles, same actors as we saw in singles came together and produced close game. French pairings won and in the last duel CASSIN added another victory to his record. It was Alexandre CASSIN who sealed the match in effective style.
“I had shaky start but I was not afraid. CASSIN played in superb shape, so we could count on him,” said AKKUZU.
In the match for a third place Denmark overcame Belgium. Anders LIND, Andreas DILLING and marc NIELSEN overcame Thibaut DARCIS and Matthias JANSSENS in four matches in the duel for prestige.
Cadet Boys Team’s Event final: Russia – France 0:3
Konstantin CHERNOV -Can AKKUZU 3:2 (9:11,11:8, 5:11, 11:3, 11:9) Nikita YARUSHIN – Alexandre CASSIN 0:3 (4:11, 7:11, 8:11) Konstantin CHERNOV, Nikita YARUSHIN – Can AKKUZU, Alexandre CASSIN 0:3 (8:11, 8:11, 8:11) Konstantin CHERNOV – Alexandre CASSIN 0:3 (7:11, 7:11,8:11)
(by Milica NIKOLIC, EWT)
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Photo: triumphant French team (Photo Lomaev)