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Titles defended, Paralympic Video games gold medallist on responsibility in Ostrava

by Ian Marshall, Editor

First held in 1997, at all times staged in Ostrava, it is going to be the 14th version of the well-established event; play commences on Thursday 1st July and concludes on Saturday third July.

David Jacobs, bronze medallist on the London 2012 Paralympic Video games, will probably be as soon as once more on responsibility in males’s singles class 10, it’s the similar for Peter Palos in school 11, gold medallist in each Athens and London.

Notably, additionally current within the males’s occasions is Spain’s Alvaro Valera, two years in the past in Ostrava, the runner-up in school 6 – he’s most actually a participant with a worthy Paralympic file. In Sydney in 2000, he secured gold in school 8, in Beijing in 2008 bronze in school 7, in each London and Rio de Janeiro, silver in school 6.

Worthy efforts however arguably essentially the most staggering is the truth that on Monday 1st January 2011, he rose to no.1 on the Class 7 listings, later within the yr in October, when adjusted to class 6, he continued on the prime of the order. In the present day he’s nonetheless there! Listed at no.1, properly over a decade on the very pinnacle.

Likewise, Belgium’s Laurens Devos, gold medallist in Rio in males’s singles class 9 is called on the entry record as is the host nation’s Ivan Karabec, gold medallist in school 10 on the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Video games.

Alas for the now 40-year-old Karabec, there isn’t any place later this yr in Tokyo with the Czech Republic illustration being Jiri Suchanek in school 2, Petra Svatos in school 3 and Filip Nuchazel in school 4. All seem on the lads’s entry in Ostrava.

In the meantime, in ladies’s singles occasions, Aida Dahlen, topped European champion in 2015 in Vejle and 2019 in Helsingborg, defends her class 8 title as does Alexa Svitacs in school 9. Along with her success in 2019 in Ostrava, she was a gold medallist in the identical yr on the Copa Tango in Buenos Aires.

A complete of 73 males and 24 ladies representing 20 nationwide associations will compete in Ostrava.

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