18 November 2018
Bouron claims second silver at PTT Spanish Open
Britain’s para table tennis star Lucie Bouron added a second medal to her haul as the PTT Spanish Open drew to a close.
Bouron claimed team silver in the women’s class 1-4 alongside Japanese partner Yukima Chada - one of six medals won by British players during the tournament - despite the pair starting the day with a defeat.
Billy Shilton (class 6) and Martin Perry (class 8) also picked up team event podium finishes as they both claimed bronze in Almeria.
Bouron was beaten by France’s Monique Sirgand, while Chada lost to Colombia’s Manuela Guapi Guzman in the opening round-robin matches.
But they rallied superbly and registered a win over Finland before downing Aleksandra Vasileva (Russia) and Cristina Rubio (Spain) – Bouron clinching the tie with a singles victory over Rubio.
With three teams level on points, the medals were decided on countback and the Brit and her Japanese partner were awarded silver – the same colour that Bouron won in the individual competition on Friday – as Vasileva and Rubio got the gold after their victories elsewhere.
“I’m really pleased to come away with two silver medals at my first Factor 40 tournament,” said 23-year-old Bouron.
“It has been a good opportunity to implement some things I’ve been working on in training and also highlighted other areas I need to improve to enable me to take my game to the next level.”
Perry and Israeli Asaf Gofer sealed third place in their team competition, with 24-year-old Perry claiming superb wins over David Cucaita Vargas and world number 11 Pino Lorca.
“Another win against a top 12 player is a fantastic way to end the season and I’m really pleased with the bronze medal in the team event,” said Perry.
Shilton and experienced Belgian Marc Ledoux were undefeated in the group stages before beating Spanish/German combination Ricard Sabio Ruiz and Karl Witzgall in the quarter-finals but came up against Paralympic champions Ukraine in the semi-finals.
They lost the doubles to Viktor Didukh and Ivan Mai 3-0, before the Brit went down 3-0 world number 1 Didukh.
And while Shilton admitted there were chances he and his teammate did not take, he was satisfied with their bronze medal-winning efforts.
“In the semi-final against Ukraine we always knew it would be difficult as they are one of the best teams in the world,” said 20-year-old Shilton.
“Against the best teams and players you must take the chances you create and unfortunately we didn’t. But on the whole it was a very positive team event.”
The three medals rounded off an impressive few days for the Brits, who won three medals on Friday through Bouron, Josh Stacey (class 9 silver) and Dan Bullen (class 5 bronze).
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