Switzerland’s Suter-Erath secures hat-trick
Date: 9/14/2014 2:54 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler

Karin Suter-Erath was the star of the show at the European Para-Badminton Championships in Murcia, Spain as she claimed three gold medals, while England's Martin Rooke won two golds and a silver.

Suter-Erath and Rooke teamed up together to share one of the gold medal triumphs as they overcame Switzerland's Sonja Haesler and Frenchman David Troupe in the WH 1-2 class final 21-15, 21-8.

The top seed in WH 1 women's singles, Suter-Erath, justified her billing by thrashing Germany's Valeska Knoblauch, 21-9, 21-5 in the decider.

The 43-year-old had earlier partnered Haesler to women's doubles success in the same class and again Knoblauch was the victim as she and compatriot Elke Rongen succumbed in three sets, 21-17, 18-21, 21-12.

Rooke's other success came in the WH 2 men's singles as he cruised past Francois Nalborczyk of France, 21-9, 21-6 in the final, while he capped a successful four days at the High Performance Centre in Murcia by partnering Turkey's Avni Kertmen to silver as they lost out to Troupe and Thomas Wandschneider of Germany 21-11, 21-13.

Wandschneider battled Troupe for the WH1 men's singles title and, in a marathon one hour and 17 minutes, emerged victorious 20-22, 21-12, 21-15.

It was an all-Turkish affair in the WH 2 women's singles final and it was Emine Seckin who got the better of her compatriot Narin Uluc 21-10, 21-7.

Helle Sofie Sagoy marked her debut at the Championships by claiming two gold medals.

Sagoy overcame Scandinavian rival Julie Thrane of Denmark 21-17, 21-13 in the SU 5 women's singles final, while she partnered England's Bobby Griffin to glory in the SL 3-SU 5 mixed doubles, with Thrane on the losing side again along with England's Daniel Bethell on a scoreline of 21-16, 23-21.

Bethell, however, left Spain with a gold medal around his neck as he defeated home player Simon Cruz Mondejar 21-11, 21-14 in the SL3 men's singles decider.

Mondejar bounced back by teaming up with Germany's Jan-Niklas Pott to claim the SL3-SL4 men's doubles with a 21-13, 21-12 win over Daniel Lee of England and Scotland's Colin Leslie.

Turkey's Ilker Tuzcu also took home two gold medals, beating top seed Bartlomiej Mroz of Poland 21-18, 21-14 in the SU 5 men's singles showdown.

Earlier, both men had teamed up to overcome Eyal Bechar of Israel and Frenchman Colin Kerouanton, 21-14, 21-14 in the SU 5 doubles.

Ireland's top seed Niall McVeigh lost out to second seed Andrew Martin of England in the SS 6 men's singles final, while SL 4 singles honours went to Lucas Mazur of France who defeated England's Antony Forster 21-14, 21-18.

The Championships took place from Thursday (September 11) to yesterday and featured 104 athletes from 19 nations taking part in competition.

"The Championships were a huge success," claimed tournament director Carmen Martinez Villanueva

"The level of play exceeded all expectations and the number of new countries participating and new champions crowned shows how far Para-badminton has come as a truly competitive and entertaining sport."

Click here for full results of the 2014 European Para-Badminton  Championships.

Article by insidethegames. Photo by BWF.

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