Thailand’s Siripong Teamarrom and Sujirat Pookkham, and Japan’s Yuma Yamazaki emerged the most successful contestants at the 4th Turkish Para-Badminton International – ENESCUP 2018 that concluded in Konya yesterday with two gold medals and a bronze each.
Teamarrom combined with Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara in the SL 3 – SL 4 Men’s Doubles final to beat France’s Guillaume Gailly/Mathieu Thomas in a close match, 21-11 16-21 22-20.
Teamarrom returned later in the day with compatriot Nipada Seangsupa for the SL 3 – SL 4 Mixed Doubles; the Thai duo overcame Japan’s Toshiaki Suenaga/Akiko Sugino 21-12 21-18. Teamarrom also won a bronze in the SL 4 Men’s Singles, giving him a three-medal haul.
His compatriot Sujirat Pookkham (featured image) also had a three-medal haul, as did Japan’s Yuma Yamazaki. Pookkham won her four group matches in WH 1 Women’s Singles to emerge on top of the group, just ahead of Switzerland’s Karin Suter-Erath. Pookkham’s closest match in the group was against Japan’s Etsuko Kobayashi, which she won 28-26 18-21 21-10.
Pookkham won her second gold as she combined with Amnouy Wetwithan for the WH 1 – WH 2 Women’s Doubles; the Thai duo completed their group assignments with four wins in four matches to take the gold. In their final group match yesterday, they beat Irina Kuzmenko (Russia)/Narine Uluc (Turkey) 21-15 21-12.
Pookkham’s bronze came in WH 1 – WH 2 Mixed Doubles with Junthong Dumnern.
Yuma Yamazaki clinched the WH 2 Women’s Singles gold beating Amnouy Wetwithan 21-13 21-13.
Yamazaki also won the WH 1 – WH 2 Mixed Doubles, with compatriot Osamu Nagashima. The Japanese got the better of Thailand’s Jakarin Homhaul/Amnouy Wetwithan 21-9 21-16.
Japan had the largest haul among all the participating countries with six gold medals. Japan’s winners included Osamu Nagashima (WH 1 Men’s Singles); Daisuke Fujihara (with Teamarrom in SL 3 – SL 4 Men’s Doubles); Ayako Suzuki (SU 5 Women’s Singles) and Kaede Katayama (with Thailand’s Wannaphatdee Kamtam in SL 3 – SL 4 Women’s Doubles).
Other successful players included Malaysia’s Cheah Liek Hou with two gold, France’s David Toupe and Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara (a gold, silver and bronze each) and Thailand’s Wetwithan (one gold, two silver).