The Championships concluded today with Thailand, South Korea and China claimed first titles of Individual events.
Thailand’s Pattaya Tadtong sealed the gold medal of BC1 Individual after beating South Korea’s Wonjong Yoo 5-0, with his fellow Witsanu Huadpradit collecting the bronze by a 10-1 win against the other South Korean Dongwon Lee.
Thailand also dominated in the BC2 class. Watharaphon Vongsa and Worawut Saengampa both defeated strong South Korean in the semi-finals, and Vongsa claimed the gold after a narrow 6-5 victory. South Korea’s Jeongmin Sohn beat fellow Soyeong Jeong 3-2 to capture the bronze medal.
In the BC3 class, Hong Kong’s Yuen Kei Ho spoilt the South Korean’s plans by advancing to the final. Unfortunately, she met the strong Hansoo Kim and took the silver by losing 1-3. Kim’s fellow teammates Yejin Choi and Jun Yup Kim competed in the bronze medal match and Kim eventually claimed the title with a 3-2 win.
China’s Yuansen Zheng earned the gold after defeating South Korea’s Hyeon Seok Seo 7-0 in the BC4 final. Thailand’s Pornchok Larpyen secured the bronze by winning the tie-break against China’s Yuexiang Guang.
The pool stage of Individual events finished in the early afternoon and 32 athletes advanced to the quarter-finals. After a series of closely contested matches, South Korea and Thailand secured most of the places in the semi-finals, while Hong Kong and China also earned the chances on winning medals of BC3 and BC4 games respectively.
Rio 2016 Paralympics gold medalist Yuk Wing Leung was expected to seal a medal in the home field. However, he finally missed a place in the elimination round due to his disappointing performances and impressive play from others in the BC4 event.
The semi-finals and finals will kick off tomorrow with results and live streaming available in this website.