Honours Shared in French Para Table Tennis Championships Team Events
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Gold for Aida Dahlen with Wendy Schrijver in Women's Team Class 6-8
Photo By: Courtesy of Francesco Nuzzo
Poland emerged as the most successful country on view, in the team events at the French Para Table Tennis Championships in Nantes, when matters concluded on Sunday 17th June 2012.
Members of their party collected a very impressive total of five gold medals.
Next in the pecking order came France; their players secured four gold medals with Russia and Egypt fielding players who departed with three gold medals each.
They were followed by Norway with two gold medals similar to the collection achieved by Italy and Jordan.
Honours were very much shared; no less than 16 association fielded players who concluded proceedings with gold medals in their possession from a total of 14 events.
Polish Success Dorota Buclow partnered Russiaís Nadeezda Pushpasheva to success in the Womenís Team Class 1-2 event; whilst Krustynas Siemieniecka and Dorota Nowacka joined forces to clinch the Womenís Team Class 11 crown.
Titles for three Polish women; their male counterparts were not to be left out. Piotr Grudzien partnered Marcin Skrzynecki to success in the Menís Team Class 7-8 competition.
French in Form A successful venture for Poland, it was the same for France.
Audrey Le Moran paired with Brazilís Bruna Alexandre to secure the Womenís Team Class 9-10 title; Mateo Boheas joined forces with Russiaís Pavel Lukyanov to emerge as the Menís Team Class 10 winners; whilst Pascal Pereira-Leal and Christophe Fouronnier were in total Gallic harmony.
They secured the Menís Team Class 11 crown.
Russian Success Meanwhile for Russia; in addition to the successes gained by Nadezdea Pushpasheva and Pavel Lukyanov; Sergey Poddubnyy partnered Iranís Hassan Janeshan to win the Menís Team Class 1-2 event.
The medallists in the Menís Team Class 3 event Photo courtesy of Frencesco Nuzzo
Norwegians Hit Form Titles for Russia with players from foreign pastures and it was the same scenario in the successes gained by Norway.
Aida Dahlen partnered Wendy Schrijver to victory in the Womenís Team Class 6-8 event; whilst in the Menís Team Class 7-8 event Andreas Aulie joined forces with Esa Miettinen to secure the top prize.
Italy and Jordan In addition Michela Brunelli and Clara Podda secured gold for Italy; they won Womenís Team Class 3-4; whilst for Jordan, Khetam Kamal Abuawad and Fatmeh Al-Azzam won the Womenís Team Class 5 title.
All smiles from the medallists in the Womenís Team Class 3-4 competition Photo courtesy of Frencesco Nuzzo
Egypt, German and Belgian Gain Titles Similarly Sameh Saleh, Ehab Fett and Nezar Mohammad formed the squad that won Menís Team Class 4-5 gold for Egypt; whilst Germanyís Thomas Bruchle partnered Benjamin Marotte to the top prize in the Menís Team Class 3 competition.
United Nations Nations joining forces and nowhere was that more evident than in Menís Team Class 6 where Great Britainís David Wetherill, Switzerlandís Valentin Kneuss and Hong Kongís Choy Hing Lam formed a high measure of ďEntente CordialeĒ.
They emerged as champions.
Very much together the Menís Team Class 4-5 medallists in Nantes Photo courtesy of Frencesco Nuzzo