Rosengren, Mazur, Shephard and Coombs - 3 gold medals in Thailand 2018 (photo credit : Lobby Gibson)
Golden hat-trick for Europe in Thailand
Date: 7/29/2018 7:37 PM
Published by : Bobby Griffin (BEC)

Jack Shephard takes Gold and Silver at the Thailand Para-Badminton International today, whilst Coombs, Mazur and Rosengren also take home a Gold Medal. 

Jack Shephard’s incredible run of 10 months without a defeat in any International men’s singles match came to an end today in the Huamark Indoor Stadium. The English World Champion was simply no match for Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Yim on this occasion, who made no secret of every point won in the SS6 final. 

Shephard struggled to find the back-line throughout the match, and conditions made things difficult for him to control rallies with his skill today. The final score 14-21, 14-21.

“I’ve had a great run, and it can’t last forever so I’m not too disappointed. I tried my best, but he had the right tactics and his power worked better than usual in these conditions.

I want to lead the way when we move into Paralympic qualifying next year, so Japan and the Europeans are very important for me.”

Shephard with teammate Krysten Coombs took some revenge for Jack in the SS6 men’s doubles final, beating Wong and Chu Man Kai in 3 games 14-21, 21-11, 21-16. Impressive defensive work from all four men took the game towards 70 minutes by the close.

Read : Great preparation for Natalia Perminova 

Mazur magnificent as Rosengren runs rings around Toyoda

French star Lucas Mazur took just 31 minutes to bump Korea’s Shin Kyung Hwan one place down the podium in the SL4 men’s singles final. The Frenchman started in top gear and finished the first game strong as well, taking the opener 21-11.

A slow start to the second, he fell 9-5 behind, but got back into his stride by the mid game interval. A run of 4 straight points from 16-16 put too much pressure on the Korean, who had no answer to Mazur’s strength and the match was finished before the tournament hotel had finished serving breakfast.

“I lost twice in 2017, the first was in the USA against Shin and so it was good to take this title from him today. The other was this tournament against Fredy Setiawan who I beat yesterday. I felt confident today, and I’m proud of my performance not only here but in training and other competitions over the past 3 years. There are more levels to achieve on my road to Tokyo.”

Denmark’s top SU5 Catherin Rosengren made her first showing since last year’s World Championships in Korea, where she picked up a Bronze in the women’s singles. Impressive from start to finish this week, taking the title without dropping a single game and beating the world number 3 Mamiko Toyoda in straight games this afternoon 21-19, 21-14.

Other silver medals today went to Thomas Wandschneider in the WH1 men’s singles, who couldn’t match the speed and accuracy of Korea’s Lee Dong Seop. And to Faustine Noel in the SL4 women’s singles, who came up against Indonesia’s Leani Ratri Oktila who was the only player in the tournament to take home 3 gold medals.

For a full list of the Thailand Para-Badminton International draws and results this week click here

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