Two gold medals for five countriesPhoto: Courtesy Franceparalympique/ITTF
The team events at the 2015 ITTF-European Para Championships in Vejle concluded, as Russia, Poland, Germany, Ukraine and France had two winning squads
The Teams Event at the 2015 ITTF-European Para Championships in Vejle, Denmark, has concluded today. Two gold medals went to five countries: Russia, Poland, Germany, Ukraine and France. Poland is unique team with two champions in both, men and women competitions.
In Women's Teams Class 1-3 Croatia’s Andela MUZINIC and Helena DRETAR clinched gold with a perfect 4-0 score among five teams. Second place reached Nergiz ALTINTAS, Hatice DUMAN and Kezban CAKIR from Turkey, while Italian side Michela BRUNELLI, Clara PODDA and Giada ROSSI took bronze.
In Class 4-5 Sweden’s Anna-Carin AHLQUIST and Ingela LUNDBÄCK defeated Borislava PERIC-RANKOVIC, Nada MATIC and Zorica POPADIC 2:0 in the final match. Bronze medal holders are Russia`s Nadejda PUSHPASHEVA and Aleksandra VASILEVA (Russia) as well as Susan GILROY and Megan SHACKLETON from Great Britain.
In Class 6-8 Russian squad - Russia, Raisa CHEBANIKA, Ulija SHISHKINA/OVSYANNIKOVA, Elena LITVINENKO – won gold. Juliane WOLF and Stephanie GREBE from Germany took silver. French duo Thu KAMKASOMPHOU and Anne BARNEOUD finished third, while Ukraine`s Yuliya KLYMENKO and Maryna LYTOVCHENKO were forth placed team.
In Class 9-10 Poland`s Natalia PARTYKA, Karolina PEK and Malgorzata JANKOWSKA (Poland) became a champion, beating 2:0 in the final 2:0 Turkish side which was represented in Vejle by Neslihan KAVAS, Umran ERTIS and Merve DEMIR. Bronze medals belonged to Russia`s Olga KOMLEVA/GORSHKALEVA, Daria SARATOVA and Fatma FATTAKHOVA, as well as for Hungarian duo Zsofia ARLOY and Bettina BICSAK.
In Class 11 winners are Russia`s Elena PROKOFEVA, Anzhelika KOSACHEVA and Maria CHUDINOVA with 2-0 score in the group stage, second spot belonged to Poland`s Krystina SIEMIENIECKA, Dorota NOWACKA and third place for French duo Magali ROUSET and Melanie DAVID.
In Men`s Teams Class 1 champions are Robert DAVIES and Thomas MATTHEWS from Great Britain. Italia`s Andrea BORGATO and Federico FALCO won silver, while Hungarian team, Endre MAJOR and Janos KAISER, left Vejle with a bronze medal.
In Class 2 French team, Fabien LAMIRAULT, Stephane MOLLIENS and Jean-Francois DUCAY finished all matches by 2:0 in their favor. They defeated in the final clash Slovakia`s Jan RIAPOS, Martin LUDROVSKY and Ratislav REVUCKY. Bronze medalists are Iker SASTRE and Miguel Angel TOLEDO from Spain, as well as Guiseppe VELLA and Federico CROSARA from Italy.
In Class 3 gold medal went to Germany, after Thomas SCHMIDBERGER and Thomas BRÜCHLE beat in the final Austria`s Egon KRAMMINGER and Manfred DOLLMANN 2:0. They defeated in the semi-final Carl Alexander Mattias OHGREN and Jan Victor SJOQVIST (Sweden) and Maciej NALEPKA, Rafal CZUPER and Tomasz JAKIMCZUK (Poland) respectively.
In Class 4 Turkish team Abdullah OZTURK, Nesim TURAN and Umit DEMIRBILEK clinched the gold. In the final they prevailed against France represented by Emeric MARTIN, Jean-Francois ALBERT and Alexandre DELARQUE. Teams from Poland, Krsysztof ZYLKA and Rafal LIS (Poland), and Germany, Jan GUERTLER and Dietmar KOBER (Germany) reached bronze medals.
In Class 5 gold medal went to Germany, thanks to Valentin BAUS, Joerg DIDION and Selcuk CETIN who overcame in the final Maxime THOMAS, Florian MERRIEN and Nicolas SAVANT-AIRA from France. Semi-finalists were Ali OZTURK, Suleyman VURAL and Hamza CALISKAN from Turkey and Spaniards Bilal CCICCI, Miguel RODRIGUES-MARTINEZ and Javier Francisco LOPEZ SAYAGO.
In Class 6 Denmark emerges victorious, as Peter ROSENMEIER and Michael JENSEN defeated Paul KARABARDAK and David WETHERILL from Great Britain. Russian`s Alexander ESAULOV and Dinar SAFIULLIN and Sweden`s Michael AZULAY and Roger LJUNGGREN are bronze medalists.
In Class 7 winners are Maksym NIKOLENKO, Mykhaylo POPOV and Viktor KRAP from Ukraine. They prevailed in the final against Great Britain`s William BAYLEY and Billy SHILTON. Bronze medalists are Alvaro VALERA, Jordi MORALES and Alberto SEOANE ALCAZAR from Spain, as well as Thorsten SCHWINN and Jochen WOLLMERT from Germany.
In Class 8 Ukrainian Viktor DIDUKH and Ivan MAI inscribed five 2:0 victories to secured gold medal. They beat in the final Slovakia`s Miroslav JAMBOR and Richard CSEJTEY. Great Britain`s William ROSS and Aaron MC KIBBIN and Sweden`s Emil ANDERSSON, Linus KARLSSON and Fabian RIGNELL took bronze medal.
In Class 9 Belgian team, composed by Laurens DEVOS and Ben Ashok DESPINEUX finished first among four teams, though Finland`s Esa MIETTINEN and Ismo Sakari LALO and Netherland`s Garben LAST, Ronald VIJVERBERG and Tonnie HEIJNEN finished with same 2-1 score. German`s Johanes URBAN and Yannik RUDDENKLAU lost all their matches.
In Class 10 Poland`s Patryk CHOJNOWSKI and Igor MISZTAL clinched the gold, after 2:1 win against Spain who was represented by Jose Manuel REYES, Jorge CARDONA and Juan Bautista PEREZ GONZALEZ. Bronze medals went to France (Cedrik CABESTANY, Mateo BOHEAS and Frederic BELLAIS) and Russia (Iurii NOZDRUNOV, Pavel LUKYANOV and Vladimir GLAZOV).
In Class 11 France beat both its opponents playing with Lucas Edouard CREANGE and Richard VALLE. Second spot belonged to Russian`s Kemal GAYFULLIN, Alexandr EFREMOV and Sergey POTAPOV, while Austrian`s Gunther DASCHILL, Michael TRNKA and Johann WIESER finished third.