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Other Events - 16 May 2014

Olympic champions shined in Slovakia


At the Slovak Para Open Championships in Bratislava, organized by the Slovak Sports Association for the Disabled, singles events already reached the conclusion. In Women’s Class 1-2 China’s LIU Jing secured gold finishing ahead of Brazil’s Carla AZEVEDO a

At the Slovak Para Open Championships in Bratislava, organized by the Slovak Sports Association for the Disabled, singles events already reached the conclusion.

In Women’s Class 1-2 China’s LIU Jing secured gold finishing ahead of Brazil’s Carla AZEVEDO and the Italian duo of Clara PODDA and Francesca LAZZARO.

In Class 5 another Chinese representative, ZHANG Bian clinched top prize. She finished ahead of Sweden’s Ingela LUNDBACK, Mexico’s Albor Maria PRADES and Korea’s KIM Munja. At the Paralympic Games in both Beijing in 2008 and four years later in London; LIU Jing and ZHANG Bian won gold medals.

In Class 3 LI Qian joined her compatriots as a winner. She beat XUE Juan in the final. In semis Negriz ALTINTAS of Turkey and Anna Carin AHLQUIST of Sweden failed to halt their progress. In Class 4 ZHANG Miao beat Borislava PERIC RANKOVIC of Serbia in the final. Nada MATIC of Serbia and Joyce OLIVIERA of Brazil clinched bronze. In Class 6 Yuliya KLYMENKO of Ukraine succeeded against compatriot Antonina KHODZYNSKAYA in the final. Stephanie GREBE of Germany and Katarzyna MARSZAL of Poland won bronze. Anne BARNEOUD of France is most successful competitor in Class 7. WANG Rui of China is second and Michaela MAUREROVA of Slovakia and Giselle MUNOZ of Argentina are third.

China is at the throne in Class 8 as well. MAO Jingdian beat PAN Mengyu of China in the final. Dajana JASTERZEBSKA of Poland and Thu – Françoise KAMKASOMPHOU reached semis. The long line of winners from China goes on with LEI Li Na who beat XIONG Guiyan in the final. Neslihan KAVAS of Turkey and LIU Meng of China finished the competition at third position.

In Class 10 Bruna COSTA ALEXANDRE succeeded to the top position at the medal rostrum. YANG Qian of China is second followed by Mirjana LUCIC of Croatia and Umran ERTIS of Turkey. In Class 11 Elena PROKOFEVA of Russia beat Maki ITO of Japan in the final. Natalya KOSMINA of Ukraina and Ka Man WONG of Hong Kong lost their semi final matches.

In men’s Singles Event Jean-François DUCAY of France won Class 1 beating Great Britain’s Paul DAVIES in the final.LEE Chang Ho of Korea and Robert DAVIS of GBR clinched bronze.

Poland’s Rafal CZUPER claimed the Class 2 crown at the expense of Korea’s CHA Sooyong. Jan RAPOS of Slovakia and Ratislav REVUCKY of Slovakia are third. In men’s Class 3 FENG Panfeng of China overcame Florian MERRIEN of France in the final. Gabriel COPOLA of Argentina and Vasyl PERTRUNIV of Ukraine are third.

The Class 4 event went to Turkey’s Nesim TURAN. He overcame Egypt’s Mohamed Sameh Eid SALEH in the gold medal duel. CHOI LI Sang of Korea and Krszysztof ZYLKA of Poland are third.

In Class 5 CAO Ningning of China is the winner. He beat Jack HUNTER SPIVEY of GBR. Mitar PALIKUCA of Serbia and Ali OZTURK of Turkey are third. In Class 6 Alberto SEOANE ALCAZAR reached the top by beating CHEN Chao of China. David WETHERILL of GBR and Alvaro VALERA clinched bronze. Ukraine’s Maksym NIKOLENKO won Class 7. LIAO Keli of China is second and Kevin DOURBECKER of France and Stephanie MESSI of France are third.

In Class 8 Emil ANDERSSON of Sweden beat Gyula ZBORAI of Hungary in the final. Andras CSONKA of Hungary and YE Chao Qun of China lost in semis. One title goes to USA. Tahl LEIBOVITZ secured gold in Class 9. Ukraine’s Yuriy SHCHEPANSKYY won silver and bronze went to MA Lin of China and Juan Bautista PEREZ GONZALEZ of Spain. Bulgaria’s Denislav Stefanov KODJABASHEV clinched the title in Class 10. Ivan CARABEC OF Czech Republic is second, GE Yang of China and Jose Manuel RUIZ REYES of Spain are third.

Spain succeeded to the top in Class 11. Eduardo CUESTA beat Peter PALOS of Hungary in the final. Andrii NAVROTSKYI of Ukraine and Korea’s SON Byeong-Jun clinched bronze.

A total of 204 men and 74 women are in action in the Slovak Republic. The national associations represented are: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America.

 

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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