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DPR Korea and Hong Kong Seal Championships Places for One Year

Saturday 25 February

DPR Korea and Hong Kong Seal Championships Places for One Year Hence

The battle for gold is as always the focus of attention in any competition but, of course, there is always the other battle, the fight to avoid relegation.


In Macau at the Asian Championships it is no different.


Eight teams will compete in the Championship Division when the tournament is staged in Korea in 2013, six will receive direct entries, two will gain their places by qualification on the first two days of the tournament.


Direct Entries

At the start of the third day of play, Saturday 25th February 2012, in the East Asian Games Dome, China, Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei had reserved two of the vital six places for direct entry.


Two places remained; they were duly filled by DPR Korea and Hong Kong, with India and Singapore being the teams who will have to compete in the qualification stage one year hence in Korea.


DPR Korea recorded a three matches to one victory over India; whilst in a full distance contest, Hong Kong overcame Singapore.



The mainstay of the DPR Korea victory was Jang Song Man, a defender with a powerful forehand attack, he beat Amalraj Anthony in the opening match of the contest (11-3, 11-4, 11-9) before, in the duel that brought matters to a close, he recovered from a two games to nil deficit to defeat Sharath Kamal Achanta (4-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5).



A hard fought full distance five games win for Jang Song Man and it was the same scenario in the one further win recorded by DPR Korea.


In the third match of the fixture, Kim Song Nam needed five games to defeat Soumyajit Ghosh (8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5).


One Success for IndiaDefeat for India in the third match but in the second it had been success; Sharath Kamal Achanta overcame Kim Hyok Bong (12-14, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8).


Even Harder

A hard fought win for DPR Korea, it was even harder for Hong Kong, in what proved a team effort to gain success, with Gao Ning proving a thorn in their side.


Helost the first two games against Tang Peng before winning the next three to secure victory in the second match of the fixture (7-11, 2-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-8); then in the fourth match, he overcame Jiang Tianyi in three straight games (11-6, 11-7, 11-9).


Defeats for Tang Peng and Jiang Tianyi but both enjoyed success; both beat Yang Zi.


Jiang Tianyi accounted for the Singaporean in the opening match of the contest (11-6, 11-5, 11-6); Tang Peng did likewise in the concluding duel (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8).


A tense affair and that was the situation in the vital third match of the fixture where Leung Chu Yan had beaten Pang Xuejie in five games (9-11, 13-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-4).


It was with hindsight a vital win, a win that contributed immensely to Hong Kong’s success and a direct entry to the Championship Division in 2013.



By Ian Marshal


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