Bruno's best

Bruno Kiefer brings his best to Cali Open

Brazilian takes thrilling win at shooting Para sport competition

Brazilian male shooting Para sport athlete bites his gold medal Brazil's Bruno Kiefer won double gold at the Cali Open © • NPC Colombia
By World Shooting Para Sport

Brazil witnessed their best performances from Bruno Kiefer, as the nation topped the Cali Open shooting Para sport competition that finished Sunday (18 November) in Colombia.

Kiefer captured two gold medals, including a comeback thriller in the R4 (mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2).

Trailing his compatriot Alexandre Galgani, 209.0 to 207.7, entering final two rounds, Kiefer stayed calm under the pressure to beat Galgani by just 0.3 points. Colombia’s Cesar Duran was third.

The Cali Open provided 12 places (seven for men, five for women) for the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, and Kiefer proved why he deserves to compete in the Peruvian capital.

The 33-year-old also won the R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2). He shot no less than a 10.2 to maintain a lead throughout the elimination round and win his third career gold medal. Duran was second, followed by Galgani.

Brazil’s best of the rest

The South American nation won nine of the 12 events.

Galgani did seal a win in Cali, taking a commanding victory in the R9 (mixed 50m rifle prone SH1). Peru’s Jorge Arcela was down about 4 points for the silver, and Colombia’s Gabriel Cardona was third.

Geraldo Rosenthal showed why he is one of the top pistol shooters from the region. The Brazilian captured three golds: P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1); P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1); and P5 (10m air pistol standard SH1).

His fellow Brazilian Ricardo da Costa won the P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1).

Marcelo Marton and Carlos Garletti also tallied wins for Brazil in the R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) and R7 (men’s 50m rifle three-positions SH1).

Peruvian showdown

Shooting Para sport will make its first Parapan American Games appearance next year, and the host nation could look forward to the R1 (men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1).

Arcela came back to beat his own teammate Steve Medina to win the R1. Down 216.2 to 215.8, Arcela had a bit of luck on his side after Medina shot a low 8.6. Marton came in third.

Colombia’s Maria Restrepo won the R6 (mixed 50m rifle prone SH1) and Cuba’s Yenisgladys Suarez captured the P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1).

Complete results can be found on the Colombian National Paralympic Committee’s website

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Brazilian male shooting Para sport athlete bites his gold medal
<P>Brazil's Bruno Kiefer won double gold at the Cali Open</P>
<P>NPC Colombia</P>

Panasonic supports Para powerlifting

Panasonic supports Para powerlifting with audio-visual solutions

Asian-Oceania Championships marks first partnership in major competition

Kitakyushu 2018 marked first Panasonic-World Para Powerlifting partnership at major competition Kitakyushu 2018 marked first Panasonic-World Para Powerlifting partnership at major competition © • Hiroki Nishioka
By World Para Powerlifting

The Kitakyushu 2018 Asia-Oceania Open Championships marked the first time Panasonic partnered as visual and audio-visual equipment supplier at a World Para Powerlifting event.

The Regional Championships, which took place in September, was the first major Para powerlifting competition to be held in Japan and a mandatory event for powerlifters from Asia and Oceania aiming to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Panasonic cooperated in the running of the event by supplying equipment and enlivened the five days of the competition to strengthen their relationship with World Para Powerlifting and promote Para sports in the country ahead of the Tokyo Games.

“It is an honour to be highly evaluated by World Para Powerlifting for the support of the sports’ success with equipment and visual solutions. We have succeeded in demonstrating the high quality of our technology,” a spokesperson from Panasonic said.

“Panasonic will continue to propose its latest equipment for use at future competitions to achieve the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games and to generate momentum for the Paralympic Games,” the spokesperson added.

In Kitakyushu, two projectors were used behind the main stage where the athletes competed to provide live images and close-ups, which created extra excitement for the event. The competition time was shown on two displays set in the wall on the stage and one display to the side of the stage.

Panasonic also supplied seven displays that showed live footage of the athletes’ performances and scoreboards in preparation and practice rooms behind the stage.

“World Para Powerlifting is very pleased with the support provided by Panasonic at the Kitakyushu 2018 Asia-Oceania Open Championships. The participating athletes and countries also expressed their satisfaction with the experience they had in Japan. We look forward to working with Panasonic again in future competitions,” said Jorge Moreno, Head of World Para Powerlifting.

To support the spotter/loaders when adding the weights onto the barbells, Panasonic provided ATOUN Model Y Power Assist Suits.

A hands-on experience area for the Power Assist Suits was set up outside the venue and provided an opportunity for coaches and athletes from around the world, members of World Para Powerlifting and visitors to experience the product.

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Kitakyushu 2018 marked first Panasonic-World Para Powerlifting partnership at major competition
<P>Kitakyushu 2018 marked first Panasonic-World Para Powerlifting partnership at major competition</P>
<P>Hiroki Nishioka</P>

Doubles Masters: Hosts celebrate

Doubles Masters: Buis and van Koot celebrate at home

Dutch pair wins women’s title after avenging round-robin loss

Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot won the 2018 Doubles Masters title on home soil in Netherlands Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot won the 2018 Doubles Masters title on home soil in Netherlands © • Mathilde Dusol

Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot avenged the round-robin loss to Louise Hunt and Dana Mathewson by beating them 6-3, 6-1 in the women’s final of the wheelchair tennis Doubles Masters in Bemmel, Netherlands, on Sunday (18 November).

Both teams exchanged breaks in the first four games, but thereafter the Dutch second seeds gained control and moved 4-2 ahead before closing out the first set.

Hunt and Mathewson struck first in the second set, but a sequence of six game in succession earned Buis her second successive Doubles Masters title.

For van Koot it was a fourth Doubles Masters title with a third different partner.

“I think it was a really good match. In the group phase we faced each other well and that match did not go well for us and we did not reach our level, but today we really did,” said van Koot.

“We had a really good plan and it worked out. We decided what speed we wanted to play the rallies and we created the pressure and we didn’t wait for the pressure.

“It’s amazing. It doesn’t matter what match it is, it’s always awesome to win in your own country and with family and friends here.”

Buis also celebrated the fact that the players are rarely at home during the season.

“We played our own game today instead of responding to their game and their strokes. It’s really nice to share a victory like this with family and friends and to show them what we are doing all year round and why we are away 20 weeks of the year and missing birthdays and other occasions,” she said.

Diede de Groot and Lucy Shuker, the 2016 champions, finished third after beating Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-1.

Second title in three years for French duo

Top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer beat Wimbledon finalists and reigning British Open champions Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson after two hours and 37 minutes to claim the men’s Doubles Masters title.

The Belgian-Swedish duo dropped just the sixth game of the opening set.

However, Houdet and Peifer created more pressure in the second set and established a 5-2 lead before forcing the deciding set.

The French couple fought back from 5-2 down and survived a match point against them at 5-4 to force a final tiebreak.

The reigning Australian Open and Roland Garros champions took their momentum into the tiebreak, building a commanding 5-0 lead.

It was a deficit from which Gerard and Olsson were never able to recover and 2016 champions Houdet and Peifer regained the year-end doubles championship title with a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory.

After back-to-back losses in their last round-robin pool match and their semi-final, second seeds Gustavo Fernandez and Gordon Reid finished their tournament on a winning note, beating Japan’s Shingo Kunieda and Takashi Sanada 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-2 in the third place play-off.

Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot - 2018 Doubles Masters

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Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot won the 2018 Doubles Masters title on home soil in Netherlands
<P>Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot won the 2018 Doubles Masters title on home soil in Netherlands</P>
<P>Mathilde Dusol</P>

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