BUENOS AIRES YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
Monday 15th October
More gold for Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha, tension packed conclusion
Gold medallists five days earlier in the respective Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events, on the concluding day of play, Monday 15th October, at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, China’s Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha added to their collection of titles.
However, the success was not without moments of trepidation, the no.4 seeds, they were extended the full three match distance by Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto and Miu Hirano, the top seeds; the win coming after Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Su Pei-Ling, the no.2 seeds, had clinched the bronze medal in a contest that witnessed an even closer finish when eventually overcoming the combination of Sweden’s Truls Moregard and Serbia’s Sabina Surjan, the no.3 seeds.
Beaten in the Men’s Singles final by Wang Chuqin (11-9, 5-11, 11-1, 13-11, 11-9), there was revenge for Tomokazu Harimoto; after Miu Hirano had come within a whisker of beating Sun Yingsha in the fourth game of the opening engagement (11-4, 7-11, 7-11, 15-13, 11-1), Tomokazu Harimoto accounted for Wang Chuqin in four games (9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-3).
Great credit must be paid to Tomokazu Harimoto for the way in which he responded; not only the fact that he avenged the Men’s Singles defeat, also earlier in the day he had been beaten by Truls Moregard (4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9) in the two-one win aganst the European pair. A splendid effort by Tomokazu Harimoto and in the doubles a brave response; a four games result was the outcome in favour of China (11-8, 11-6, 12-14, 11-5).
We will never know but had Miu Hirano won that vital fourth game against Sun Yingsha would Japan not China now be celebrating gold?
The doubles needed to determine the champions; it was the same in the bronze medal contest, the verdict determined by the closest possible finish. Lin Yun-Ju and Su Pei-Ling beat Truls Moregard and Sabina Surjan by the very narrowest of five game margins (11-13, 11-7, 11-7, 3-11, 13-11).
A dramatic conclusion, the success coming after Sabina Surjan had beaten Su Pei-Ling (11-9, 14-12, 11-8) and Lin Yun-Ju, the backbone of his team’s success in Buenos Aires had accounted for the in-form Truls Moregard (10-12, 12-10, 17-15, 11-5).
Bronze for Lin Yun-Ju, after having missed out on a medal in the Men’s Singles event when in the third place match losing to Kanak Jha of the United States (6-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-3, 8-11, 4-11, 11-9), for Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha, the only player to remain unbeaten throughout the whole tournament, it was gold.
Earlier in the day at the semi-final stage, Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha had beaten Lin Yun-Ju and Su Pei-Ling by two matches to nil.