Europe Youth Top-10

Gold for Iulian CHIRITA at the TAMANNEFTEGAS European Youth Top 10

After two silver medals in previous two years, Iulian CHIRITA of Romania finally clinched gold at the Cadet Boys Event at the TAMANNEFTEGAS European Youth Top 10 in Tours. In three days of play he remained unbeaten. His compatriot Dragos Alexandru BUJOR is second with one win less, whilst Tom CLOSSET of Belgium reached third position. He lost two matches.

“Finally I reached gold. I played in 2019 and 2020 at Top 10, also I played in the final of the Singles and Doubles event earlier this year at the European Youth Championships in Varazdin, but I missed the main prize at the last hurdle. Now, I have first gold at he big European event. It gives me great confidence for the future,” said CHIRITA.

In previous three days, Romania's player faced few difficulties.

“It was very hard to play against my teammate Dragos Alexandru BUJOR. I had 3:0, he recovered to level and then I won the seventh game 11:7. Also it was difficult to play against David SZANTOSI on the second day. All the games finished by the narrowest of margin,” explained CHIRITA.

Cadet Boys

Seventh Round

Stepan BRHEL- Dragos Alexandru BUJOR 3:4 (11:9, 9:11, 5:11, 7:11, 13:11, 11:9, 8:11)

Ilia KONIUKHOV - Tom CLOSSET 1:4 (12:10, 11:8, 8:11, 11:3, 8:11, 2:11, 10:12)

David SZANTOSI - Flavien COTON 4:1 (8:11, 14:12, 12:10, 12:10, 11:9)

Martin SIP - Iulian CHIRITA 0:4 (2:11, 6:11, 3:11, 3:11)

Daniel BERZOSA - David BJORKRYD 4:0 (13:11, 11:6, 11:9, 11:4)

Eight Round

Dragos Alexandru BUJOR - David BJORKRYD 4:2 (11:6, 11:7, 6:11, 8:11, 11:6, 11:6)

Iulian CHIRITA - Daniel BERZOSA 4:1 (10:12, 11:3, 11:6, 11:9, 11:6)

Flavien COTON - Martin SIP 4:2 (12:10, 4:11, 7:11, 11:8, 11:3, 11:5)

David SZANTOSI - Tom CLOSSET 4:1 (11:7, 11:8, 7:11, 11:6, 14:12)

Stepan BRHEL- Ilia KONIUKHOV 2:4 (7:11, 11:9, 7:11, 11:7, 2:11, 3:11)

Ninth Round

Ilia KONIUKHOV - Dragos Alexandru BUJOR 2:4 (13:11, 5:11, 10:12, 11:5, 5:11, 7:11)

David SZANTOSI - Stepan BRHEL 3:4 (11:8, 11:3, 6:11, 11:3, 7:11, 8:11, 5:11)

Martin SIP - Tom CLOSSET 0:4 (7:11, 8:11, 6:11, 7:11)

Daniel BERZOSA - Flavien COTON 1:4 (6:11, 11:8, 9:11, 11:13, 14:16)

David BJORKRYD - Iulian CHIRITA 0:4 (7:11, 10:12, 0:11, 11:13)

Final standings

  1. Iulian CHIRITA Romania
  2. Dragos Alexandru BUJOR Romania
  3. Tom CLOSSET Belgium
  4. David SZANTOSI Hungary
  5. Flavien COTON France
  6. Ilia KONIUKHOV Russia
  7. Daniel BERZOSA Spain
  8. David BJORKRYD Sweden
  9. Stepan BRHEL Czech Republic
  10. Martin SIP Czech Republic

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