Leani Ratri Oktila was the most successful athlete at the FZ Forza Irish Para-Badminton International 2018 that concluded in Dublin yesterday.
Oktila (featured image) won three gold medals on a profitable day for the Indonesians. Her compatriots Ukun Rukaendi and Hary Susanto won two gold medals, as did Korea’s Lee Sam Seop and Lee Sun Ae, and England’s Rebecca Bedford and Jack Shephard.
Oktila’s day started brightly as she and Mixed Doubles partner Hary Susanto overcame compatriots Fredy Setiawan and Khalimatus Sadiyah Sukohandoko in the SL 3 – SU 5 final, 21-5 21-15.
She then returned for her SL 4 Women’s Singles final against Norway’s Helle Sofie Sagoy, who had upset top seed Katrin Seibert (Germany) in the semi-finals. Oktila overcame Sagoy, 21-8 21-10.
Oktila’s luck continued to hold in her final match, the SL 3 – SU 5 Women’s Doubles final against Sagoy and Seibert. The Indonesians outplayed their opponents, 21-16 21-9 as Oktila completed her three-gold haul.
Ukun Rukaendi justified his top seeding in SL 3 Men’s Singles as he made his way past compatriot Dwiyoko 21-9 21-12. He won his second gold not long after, as he partnered Hary Susanto to beat compatriots Maman Nurjaman and Hikmat Ramdani 21-14 21-16.
In the wheelchair category, Korea’s Lee Sam Seop and Lee Sun Ae won double gold medals. The two Mixed Doubles partners (WH 1 – WH 2) enjoyed the perfect start to the day as they stopped Jeong Jae Gun (Korea) and Pilar Jaurequi Cancino (Peru) 21-14 21-14.
Lee Sam Seop returned for the WH 1 Men’s Singles against compatriot Jeong Jae Gun but fell 21-15 21-17. However, his second gold medal came later in the day with Kim Kyung Hoon as the Koreans beat Martin Rooke (England) and Thomas Wandschneider (Germany) in the WH 1 – WH 2 Men’s Doubles final.
Meanwhile, Lee Sun Ae won her second gold beating Cancino in the WH 2 Women’s Singles final, 21-14 21-8.
In the Short Stature SS 6 categories, England’s Rebecca Bedford and Jack Shephard won two gold medals each.
Bedford and Robert Laing captured the SS6 Mixed Doubles title beating Isaak Dalglish (England) and Oliwia Szmigiel (Poland), following which Bedford won the Women’s Singles fighting past Peru’s Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores 21-19 12-21 21-10.
World champion in SS 6 Men’s Singles, Jack Shephard, repeated his World Championships win over compatriot Krysten Coombs in the final, 13-21 21-19 21-13. The two Englishmen then combined to win the SS 6 Men’s Doubles over Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai/Wong Chun Yim 21-17 21-11.