The gold medal match in the Class 11 men’s
singles table tennis competition was between Florian van Acker of Belgium and
Samuel von Einem from Australia. It proved to be a close match, decided in
the fifth and final game. Both players showed great skill as the tension
mounted. Van Acker clinched victory with his second
match point. The 19-year-old European champion was celebrating
his gold medal at a global level. He had fought back from two games to one down
to win the match. The bronze medal was won by Peter Palos of
Hungary, who beat Kim Gitae of Korea by three games to two.
Palos was playing in red, this point gave him a 12-11 lead in the second game.
Kim fought back to force a deciding game, which Palos won by 11 opints to four.
In the Class 3 women’s singles gold medal match, Xue Juan played Li Qian, both representing
China. Xue won comfortably but the match produced
some great rallies. Xue took the match at the first opportunity
She may have won the match in three straight games, but Li did not lose any games by more
than four points. There was an emotional victory in the bronze
medal match for Anna-Carin Ahlquist of Sweden, who beat Yoon Jiyu of Korea.
Ahlquist won the match by three games to nil and celebrated with her coach.
The gold medal match in the Class Five women’s singles was between two Chinese players.
Zhang Bian was playing in the black and red shirt, against Gu Gai.
Zhang won each of the first two games by 11 points to six.
This was the moment where she clinched victory. Zhang won the match by three games to nil,
11-6, 11-6, 11-6. And in the bronze medal match, Jung Young-A
of Korea beat Ingela Lundbaeck by three games to one.
Jung winning with match point in game four