Daniel Zwickl and Janos Jakab delighted the Hungarian spectators and came one step closer to the Olympic Games at the Final World Qualification Tournament in Budapest.
Zwickl overcame Constantin Cioti from Romania, Jakab wrestled Norway’s Geir Erlandsen down. Twenty-three year old Zwickl was still shaking a few minutes after the match.
"I have never won against him", he said about Cioti, "he was always better than me all my life long."
Hungarians Coming Closer to the Olympics "We have played three years together in Ochsenhausen and of course I feel sorry for him now", Zwickl added.
The noisy audience was a big support for Zwickl as well as for Jakab and maybe the advantage to play on home soil will be crucial in the end. However, there is at least one more step to take for the natives.
Matiss Burgis and Alfredo Carneros with more Verve The players seeded from 9 to 16 started to play today. "It is a very important victory for me", Spain’s Alfredo Carneros was quoted after beating Denmark’s Finn Tugwell, "but it was the first match for him while it was already the third for me".
There was the same advantage for Latvia’s Batiss Burgis. The teenager was dominant from the beginning while Slovakia’s Thomas Keinath was not able to show his best table tennis.
"He is often scared when he has to win a match", Burgis explained the difference. The Latvian is the positive surprise of the tournament.
Janos Jakab and Geir Erlandsen during the seventh game. Photo by Istvan Polonyi