China ruled supreme on the sixth day of action, Tuesday 31st August, at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games; all six outfits on quarter-final action booked places in the penultimate round of the team competition.
Thus, with two bronze being available, medals are guaranteed.
Furthermore, in each instance the place was booked with a 2-0 win.
At the quarter-final stage in the women’s events; in class 1-3, Li Qian and Xue Juan overcame Argentina’s Maria Garrone and Veronica Blanco.
Similarly in class 4-5, Zhang Bian and Zhou Ying accounted for India’s Bhavinaben Patel and Sonalben Patel; in class 6-8, Mao Jingdian and Huang Wenjuan ended the hopes of Germany’s Stephanie Grebe and Juliane Wolf.
Imposing performances by the Chinese won, it was the same for the men.
Feng Panfeng and Zhao Ping beat Jenson Emburgh and Michael Godfrey of the United States to reserve their place in the class 3 semi-final, a feat matched by Liao Keli and Yan Shuo in class 6-7; they overcame Brazil’s Paulo Salmin and Israel Stroh.
Likewise, in class 8 Peng Weinan and Zhao Shuai were in form; they overcame Thailand’s Phisit Wangphonphatanasiri and Komrit Charitsat. Impressive, it was the same in class 9-10, Lian Ho and Zhao Yi Qing reserved their place in the penultimate round courtesy of success in opposition to Great Britain’s Ashley Facey-Thompson and Joshua Stacey.
Lian Hao and Zhao Yi Qing through the semi-finals in men's team class 9-10
Defeat for Thailand on what proved not the best of days. In men’s team class 3, Yuutajak Glinbanchuen recorded a 2-0 last eight win against Korea Republic’s Joo Youngdae and Nam Kiwon but that was the southeast Asian country’s only success.
Wijittra Jaion and Panwas Sringam experienced a 2-0 quarter-final defeat in women’s team class 4-5 when facing Sweden’s Anna-Carin Ahlquist and Ingela Lundbäck.
However, at the same stage for Chilchitparyak Bootwansirina and Dararat Asuyat it was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy’s Michela Brunelli and Giada Rossi in women’s team class 1-3.
For Charlernpong Punpoo and Rungroj Thainiyom, also a 2-1 reverse when opposing Germany’s Thomas Rau and Bjorn Schnake in the same round in men’s team class 6-7.
Meanwhile, for Korea Republic it was mixed fortunes.
Additional to the defeat experienced by Joo Youngdae and Nam Ki Won, in women’s team class 6-8, Kim Seongok and Lee Kunwoo experienced a 2-0 reverse when facing Anne Barneoud and Thu Kamkasomphu.
Conversely, in women’s team class 1-3, Lee Migyu and Yoo Jiyu recorded a 2-1 quarter-final success in opposition to Brazil’s Catia Oliveira and Marliane Santos.
Success for Korea Republic at the quarter-final stage. Likewise, in the men’s team events, in class 1-2, Park Jincheol and Cha Sooyoung reserved their semi-final place courtesy of a 2-0 success against Spain’s Iker Sastre and Miguel Toledo; recording a 2-1 win, Kim Junggil and KimYounggun ousted Poland’s Rafal Lis and Krysztof Zylka.
Meanwhile, for Jordan, there was heartbreak. At the quarter-final stage of women’s team class 4-5 Khetham Abuawad and Faten Elelimat came so close but not close enough when opposing Great Britain’s Susan Bailey and Megan Shackleton; a 2-1 defeat was the outcome.
All semi-finals will be played on Wednesday 1st September.
Editor: Ian Marshall