China added to their collection of titles at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on the concluding day of play, Friday 3rd September, eight the total number.
In the women’s events Zhang Bian and Zhou Ying claimed class 4-5 gold, for the men there was success for Liao Keli and Yan Shuo in class 6-8, as there was in class 9-10 for Lian Hao and Zhao Yi Qing, the event that brought the tournament to conclusion.
Gold for Zhang Bian and Zhou Ying
A 2-1 margin of victory in opposition to Sweden’s Anna Carin Ahlquist and Ingela Lundbäck was the outcome in favour of Zhang Bian and Zhou Ying.
The Swedes secured the doubles in a tension packed contest (11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8).
Immediately China responded, Zhang Bian overcame Anna Carin Ahlquist in four games (9-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-5). Matters level, Zhou Ying accounted for Ingela Lundbäck (8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7) to reserve gold.
It was for both Zhang Bian and Zhou Ying their fourth consecutive gold medal in the event, the first being on home soil in 2008 in Beijing.
However, it was only the second occasion when Zhang Bian had played in the final and a first for Zhou Ying. Previously Gu Cai had always been on duty in the gold medal contest.
Success in women’s team class 4-5, Liao Keli and Yan Shuo followed suit.
They recorded a 2-0 victory against Great Britain’s Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak.
Liao Keli and Yan Shuo secured the doubles in straight games (11-7, 12-10, 11-2).
Next on the schedule was a repeat of the men’s singles class 7 final earlier in the tournament when Yan Shuo had beaten Will Bayley. He repeated the success, he prevailed in four games (7-11, 15-13, 11-6, 11-4).
Gold for China and a first of that colour for either Liao Keli or Yan Shuo in a Paralympic Games team event.
Imposing from Liao Keli and Yan Shuo, it was the same from Lian Hao and Zhao Yi Qing.
Facing the Australian pairing of Ma Lin and Joel Coughlan, a straight games doubles success was recorded (11-3, 11-6, 11-9), before in emphatic style Lian Hao brought matters to and end by overcoming Ma Lin (11-7, 11-5, 11-6).
Thus, as in Rio de Janeiro five years earlier it was men’s team class 9-10 gold for Lian Hao, in the Brazilian city his partner, a certain Ma Lin!
Success for China, alas in men’s team class 1-2 it was defeat for the Korea Republic pairing of Cha Sooyong and Park Jincheol; they experienced a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Frenchmen Fabien Lamirault and Stéphane Molliens.
A hard fought contest, the lost the doubles in five games (4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 12-14, 11-8), before in four games Cha Sooyoung experienced defeat when facing Fabien Lamirault (11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6).
Editor: Ian Marshall