Vitor Goncalves Tavares, Hiroshi Murayama and Rie Ogura emerged the most successful athletes at the Brazil Para-Badminton International 2018 that concluded in Sao Paolo on Sunday.
Brazil’s Tavares (featured image) captured a triple crown in the Short Stature (SS 6) category. He won the Men’s Singles beating Japan’s Yohei Hatakeyama 21-9 21-13 and then the doubles (D SS 6) with USA’s Miles Krajewski. The triple was completed when he won the Mixed Doubles with Peru’s Rubi Milagros Fernandez Vargas as they overcame top seeds Hector Jesus Salva Tunque/Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores 21-15 21-16.
Japan’s Hiroshi Murayama won the Men’s Singles Wheelchair (WH 1) event getting the better of compatriot Mamoru Oe, 21-13 21-15. He then combined with Kouhei Kobayashi for the Men’s Doubles (WH 1 – WH 2), easily beating Brazil’s Marcelo Alves Conceicao/Julio Cesar Godoy, 21-15 21-7.
Murayama also made the Mixed Doubles final with Rie Ogura. In one of the toughest matches of finals day, the Japanese needed three games to beat Israel’s Amir Levi/Nina Gorodetzky 17-21 21-19 21-14. The victory also gave Rie Ogura her third title of the day following her triumphs in the Women’s Singles (WH 2) and Women’s Doubles with Ikumi Fuke (WH 1 – WH 2).
Japan enjoyed rich pickings on finals day. Among the winners were Daisuke Fujihara (SL 3 Men’s Singles); Ayako Suzuki (SL 4 + SU 5 Women’s Singles); Ikumi Fuke (WH 1 Women’s Singles); Noriko Ito (SL 3 Women’s Singles); Toshiaki Suenaga/Akiko Sugino (SL 3 – SU 5 Mixed Doubles); and Gen Sogaki/Tetsuo Ura (SU 5 Men’s Doubles).
In addition, Mamiko Toyoda won gold in SL 3 – SU 5 Women’s Doubles combining with Brazil’s Abinaecia Maria Da Silva; they beat Toyoda’s compatriots Noriko Ito/Akiko Sugino in the closest match of the day: 22-20 17-21 21-19.
India’s Sukant Kadam captured the SL 4 Men’s Singles crown beating compatriot Anand Kumar Boregowda 21-14 21-14, while Poland’s Bartlomiej Mroz was winner in the SU 5 Men’s Singles as he overcame top seed Taiyo Imai (Japan) 19-21 21-10 21-8.
France’s Guillaume Gailly/Mathieu Thomas prevented Kadam and Daisuke Fujihara from getting a double, as they outplayed the Indo-Japanese pair in the SL 3 – SL 4 Men’s Doubles final, 25-23 16-21 21-14.
Peru’s Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores justified her top seeding in SS 6 Women’s Singles as she stormed past USA’s Katherine Valli 21-7 21-11.