Jorg ROSSKOPF, CHEN Weixing, Jorgen PERSSON and Erik LINDH among gold medalists in Las VegasPhoto: Table Tennis England
2018 World Veteran Championships, Men`s Doubles event
Men`s Doubles event of the 2018 World Veteran Championships in Las Vegas, USA (June 18-24) was successful for European representatives. Six pairs from Old Continent have reached gold medals and among them are CHEN Weixing (Austria) and Jorg ROSSKOPF (Germany) in the Over 45, and Sweden`s Erik LINDH and Jorgen PERSSON in the Over 50.
Three European representatives reached semi-final stage, but gold went to Indonesia, as Ismu HARINTO/Dian David JACOBS (INA) beat Thomas KEINATH (SVK)/Jiri GRAF (CZE) 3:0 (11:5, 11:6, 11:5). Murat ERIS/Saim POLATKAN (TUR) and Eric DURAND/Herve DIRAND (FRA) have won bronze medals.
Two European legends CHEN Weixing (Austria) and Jorg ROSSKOPF (Germany) beat Russia`s Georgii RUBINSHTEIN and Aleksandr SAVELEV in straight games of the finals (11:4, 12:10, 11:9). Bronze medal holders are Dmitry ABRAMENKO (Israel)/Lorestas TRUMPAUSKAS (England) and Sandijs VASILJEVS (Latvia)/Igor SHULKIN (USA).
Sweden`s Erik LINDH and Jorgen PERSSON are crowned champions of this age, as they overcame Hungary`s Sandor VARGA and Germany`s Andreas FEJER-KONNERT 3:0 (11:7, 12:10, 11:8). Two German pairs took bronze: Nicolai POPAL/WANG Yansheng and Bruno LEHMANN/Achim STOLL.
Luxembourg`s Traian CIOCIU and Germany`s Zsolt-Georg BOHM prevailed against China`s pair TULUHONG Qumahong/XU Bing in the gold medal contest – 3:0 (13:11, 11:6, 11:9). Bronze medals went to Germany`s Matthias BLUHM/Alexander MICHAJLOV and Japan`s Chan KAHARA/Masataka TOKAI.
Jurgen HECHT and Manfred NIESWAND from Germany lost to China`s CAI Changshu and HUANG Jianjiang in the final clash 3:1 (11:3, 9:11, 11:4, 15:13). CAI and HUANG were extended to full distance in the semi-finals by Czech Republic`s Miroslav CECAVA and Jiri VOJTEK. Other bronze holders are China`s WANG Xinzhi and USA`s LI Yuxiang.
Three German players have participated in the gold medal contest, but just one won the title – Bernhard THIEL paired with Czech Republic`s Petr POLAK. They defeated Franz-Josef HURMANN and Gerd WERNER in four games. Third place have been shared by Reinhard SORGER (Austria)/Roger SUNDQVIST (Sweden) and Kotaro NAKAMURA (Japan)/Paul PINKEWICH (Australia).
Karol KORBEL of Czech Republic and Malaysia`s LING Tiing Sik won gold medal (w. o.). Silver medalists are China`s CHEUNG Yiuchiu/ZHANG Xueyou, while Brian HILL/Derek HOLMAN (England) and Jiri FAFEK/Jaroslav KUCERA (Czech Republic) have won bronze
Germany`s Siegfried LEMKE and Uwe WIENPRECHT were beaten by Australia`s Igor KLAF and Barclay REID after full five games of the finals – 3:2 (5:11, 11:2, 12:14, 11:5, 11:3). Bronze medalists are following: Horst LANGER/Jurgen LANGER (Germany) and CHANG Tseng-Hsiung/HUANG Chen-Hsiang (Chinese Taipei).
Singapore`s MOK Wing Cheong and USA`s TAY Chong Keng prevailed against China`s CHENG Mingsheng and ZHANG Zongxi in straight games of the finals. Bronze medalists are following: Pierre LAILHEUGUE (France)/Dieter SPICKERMANN (Germany) and Helmut KRETZER and Dieter LIPPELT (Germany).
Claude DECTER and Henri YAHIEL from France are crowned champions of Over 85 class, as they beat Australia`s Anthony HERBERT and Hans PAPPON after full five games. Bronze medalists are following: Germany`s Horst FISCHER/Hermann PFENNING and South Africa`s Anthony ECONOMELLIS/Charles A. L. MORRIS
Lumir RUZHA (Czech Republic) and Yves LAINE (France) are the oldest men`s champions. They won all their four games to clinch the gold. Nicholas GANGI and Simon WASSERMAN (USA) finished second (3 wins-1 loss), Guy BIZEUL (France)/Franz-Hermann GROETSCHEL (Germany) – third (2-2), CHEN Yongning/LAM Cuong (China) – fourth (1-3) and SHENG Tan Tsu (USA)/Carl PREUSS (Australia) – fifht (0-4).
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