Osamu Nagashima stole the show with three gold medals at the Peru Para-Badminton International 2017 which concluded in Lima on Sunday.
Japan, which dominated the wheelchair events, emerged the most successful nation overall with 16 gold, ten silver and 12 bronze medals.
Nagashima (featured image; 2nd from left) was victorious in the Men’s Singles WH 1, Men’s Doubles WH 1 – WH 2 and Mixed Doubles WH 1 – WH 2 categories. In the singles, he overcame a tough contest from compatriot Mamoru Oe in the semi-finals (23-25 21-8 21-17) before beating another compatriot, Hiroshi Murayama, 21-14 21-16 in the final.
The Men’s Doubles WH 1 – WH 2 final also was an all-Japanese affair, with Nagashima partnering Murayama to an easy 21-11 21-14 result over Kouhei Kobayashi/Atsuya Watanabe.
In the Mixed Doubles final, Nagashima and Rie Ogura overcame the challenge of Rudolfo Cano (Brazil) and Pilar Jaurequi Cancino (Peru) 21-10 21-18.
Perhaps the most interesting match-up was the MS SL 4 semi-final between 60-year-old Japanese Takahito Takeyama against 17-year-old Brazilian Rogerio Junior Xavier De Oliveira. The Japanese edged past his opponent 15-21 21-19 22-20 before winning the final against another Brazilian, Johann Breno, 21-15 21-11.
Among the other successful players was Vitor Goncalves Tavares, who won two gold for Brazil. Tavares took home the Men’s Singles SS 6 crown beating Japan’s Yohei Hatakeyama 21-12 21-16 in the final.
In the D SS 6 category, Tavares and Peru’s Hector Jesus Salva Tunque enjoyed a comfortable 21-15 21-6 victory over Chile’s Brayan Abarca and Japan’s Yohei Hatakeyama.
Hosts Peru were successful in the Women’s Singles SS 6 and Mixed Doubles SS 6. Rubi Milagros Fernandez Vargas beat the three other contestants in her group for the WS SS 6 title, while in the XD SS 6, Vargas and Hector Jesus Salva Tunque also enjoyed an unbeaten run against the three other pairs in their group.
Another Peruvian, Pedro Pablo De Vinatea, fell short in the Men’s Singles SL 3 final, falling to Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara 21-4 21-14.