Last Week I Parasports Round-Up #31
Japanese players celebrate after winning the Women's Volleyball title at the Deaflympics
Photo Credit: Anadolu Agency
DEAFLYMPICS / SAMSUN, TURKEY / 18 – 30 JULY
The 23rd Summer Deaflympics came to a close over the weekend, after two weeks of top quality action. A record high of 97 nations competed at the event in Samsun, Turkey with a total number of 2335 competitors. Russia came out victorious from the event, topping the overall medal table with Ukraine coming in second.
After a difficult start to preparations the Turkish city of Samsun delivered a successful games, hosting the highest number of sports, competitors and countries in the event’s history.
Aleksas Jasiunas , head coach of the Lithuanian men’s basketball team remarked to aa.com.tr “When I came here for the first time last year, the preparations were rough around the edges. I observed the venues almost constructed in my second visit. And I saw everything ready when I came for the last time, everything is perfect.”
Yui Kamiji in action at the Belgian Open
Photo Credit: ITF Wheelchair Tennis
WHEELCHAIR TENNIS/BELGIAN OPEN/ JAMBES,BELGIUM / 26– 30 JULY
Gustavo Fernandez retained his Belgian Open Singles title by beating Nicolas Peifer of France in a tense and tight final 7-5 7-5. The victory meant the Argentinian maintained his status as World Number 1 going into the British Open in Nottingham beginning in Nottingham today.
The men’s doubles draw paired Daniel Caverzaschi and Daniel Rodrigues with Frederic Cattaneo and Nicolas Peifer. The result was a thrilling final where the less fancied pairing of Caverzaschi and Rodrigues pushed the favourites right to a final set tiebreak where Cattaneo and Peifer prevailed 4-6
Yui Kamiji of Japan also made the perfect preparation for the fifth Super Series event of the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour by beating Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands 6-4 7-5. Currently leading the women’s World Rankings, Kamiji has racked up an incredible 10 singles titles in 2017.
In the doubles top seeds Marjolein Buis and singles finalist van Koot produced an incredible comeback to hold off the German pairing of Sabine Ellerbrock and Katharina Kruger. After losing the first set 6-3 they rallied to win the second set 6-3 before holding their nerve to win a 12-10 final set tiebreak.
David Wagner of the United States continued his domination of the Quad’s Men’s singles by beating Australian Number 1 Heath Davidson 6-4 6-2. It was his 11th Belgian Open title and hasn’t lost a game at the tournament since 2004.
Liisa Liija claiming victory at the World Para Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Canada
Photo Credit: ITU World Para Triathlon
PARA TRIATHLON / WORLD SERIES / EDMONTON / CANADA, 28 JULY
The U.S dominance of the PTS2 class was broken by Finland’s Liisa Lilja, with Lilja holding on to the lead she established in the swim to claim victory in a time of 1:27:10. The U.S has been victorious in both World Series events this year with Paralympic champion Allysa Seely winning the opening race in Gold Coast, Australia and Hailey Danz completing a U.S double in Yokohama. Japan.
The same class saw a very tight race in the men’s category between France’s Geoffrey Warsy and Morroco’s Mohamed Lahna, with the Frenchman edging victory by just 6 seconds. Lahna established a lead of almost 2 minutes after the swim but Warsy refused to be beaten and overhauled the Moroccan on the run, finishing in a time in of (1:14:48).