• Table Tennis Day 5 Morning Session Review: More medals for China - [Beijing Paralympic]

    2008-09-11 | Tag:Table Tennis


    Feng Panfeng serves. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

    (BEIJING, September 11) -- China added two golds, two silvers and one bronze to their medal tally in the Table Tennis events in the Peking University Gymnasium on the morning of the fifth day of action, September 11.

    China's Feng Panfeng and Lei Lina captured golds, while the silver medals went to compatriot Lui Meili and Ye Chaoqun. Zhang Xiaoling captured bronze.

    Seeded No.6, Feng won Men's Individual Class 3 beating Jean-Philippe Robin of France, seeded No.5, in the final, with bronze going to Tomas Pinas of Spain. He overcame Luiz Algacir Silva of Brazil in the crucial contest.

    Meanwhile, for Lei, the top prize came at the expense of her compatriot, Liu Meili of China. In a repeat of the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games final, she reversed the verdict of four years ago to secure gold in Women's Individual Class 9. The bronze medal went to Neslihan Kavas of Turkey who defeated Malgorzata Grzelak of Poland to secure the precious award.

    Lei Lina returns a shot. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

    Those were two gold medals for China, but in Men's Individual Class 7 it was silver for Ye Chaoqun of China. In the final he was beaten by the exuberant Jochen Wollmert of Germany, who at the end of the contest roared his approval in Tarzan like style, then threw his racket high in the air and failed to catch the descending object which duly finished prone on the table. However, that did not deter the extrovert German; he ran alongside the side of the arena finishing his 15 meters of celebration by throwing his racket into the crowd! The memento was well received by his new found Chinese fans.

    Wollmert Jochen competes. (Photo credit: China Photos/Getty Images)

    Gold for Germany, while for Spain it was bronze. In the third place contest Alvaro Valera of Spain defeated Mitchell Seidenfeld of the United States.

    With two gold and two silver medals for China, the bronze came in Women's Individual Class 8 with Zhang, a lady who holds no less than five Paralympic gold medals, defeating Claire Mairie of France.

    Gold went to Thu Kamkasomphu of France who encouraged herself vocally after every point, defeated Josefin Abrahamsson of Sweden in the final.

    Some success for Europe and then, in the two other categories to be resolved, there was more European success.

    Natalia Martyasheva of Russia secured gold in Women's Individual Classes 6/7 beating Yulia Ovsyannikova of Russia in the final, with Kelly Van Zon of the Netherlands, the top seed, securing bronze; she defeated Faiza Mahmoud Afify of Egypt in the decisive duel.

    Meanwhile, in Men's Individual Class 1 it was success for Andreas Vevera of Austria. Seeded No.1 he clinched gold at the expense of Cho Jae-kwan of the Republic of Korea. In fact, the bronze medal went to the latter's compatriot Lee Hae-kon. He defeated Jean-Francois Ducay of France to secure his prize.

    Vevera Andreas competes. (Photo credit: China Photos/Getty Images)