Korea Dominates Thailand Para-Table Tennis Open

20 Jun 2011 By IPC

The Korean team swept the medals table at the Thailand Para-Table Tennis Open in Bangkok with 12 gold, six silver and five bronze medals.

Over 100 players from 18 countries took part in the event from 9-12 June.

Beijing Paralympic silver medallist Jung Eun-Chang narrowly beat his doubles partner Kim Byoung Young, both from Korea, 3-2 in the final of the Class 5 men’s singles competition.

Kim and Jung also went on to win the Class 5 team event, beating Japan, 3-2.

Other notable performances came from the Netherlands’ Tonnie Heijnen, who won the men’s singles Class 8-9 event. Heijnen, 44, didn’t lose any of his games at group stage. In the semi-finals he beat Malaysian Ting Ing Hock 3-1 and in his final match he beat Malaysia’s 27-year-old Koh Zhi-Liang.

Heijnen also won bronze in the team event with Germany’s Jan Brinkman. The match with Taiwan proved a game too far to get to the final, but in the match for 3rd place, the duo managed to beat their South Korea / Hong Kong opponents 3-1.