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Fabulous finale to England Para-Badminton International

Martin Rooke and Karin Suter-Erath

England, Scotland, Malaysia and Korea had plenty to celebrate on finals day at the England Para-Badminton International at the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall at Loughborough University today (Sunday).

Daniel Bethell made up for his doubles defeat with Bobby Griffin in the first final by taking revenge over Malaysia’s Teak Han Liew in the SL3 singles final with a crushing 21-4 21-8 win.

Teak and Bakri Omar had won the doubles by beating Bethell and Bobby Griffin 21-14 21-18.

And Malaysia scooped two more titles when Omar won the SL4 singles with a 21-9 21-12 win over team-mate Hairol Fozi Saaba 21-9 21-12 before top seed Liek Hou Cheah gave Malaysia another title in the SUS singles by beating France’s Colin Kerouanton 21-11 21-9.

Liek had earlier collected gold with Saaba in the SUS doubles when the second seeds beat top seeds Bartlomiej Mroz of Poland and Wei Ming Tay of Singapore 21-13 21-18.

And that meant Malaysia topped the finals day gold rush with four.

Not to be outdone Scotland’s Fiona Christie picked up her second gold, following up last night’s singles triumph by partnering Thailand’s Pookkhum Sujirat to doubles victory over England’s Fiona Kelly and Swiss star Karin Suter-Erath 21-11 21-14.

Sujirat also made it a golden double by beating Suter-Erath in the singles final 21-12 21-18.

England added to Bethell’s gold with Martin Rooke partnering Suter-Erath to victory over Thailand pair Sujirat and Jakarin Homhaul 21-14 21-14 and there was another gold for the host nation when Krysten Coombs, the second seed, defeated team-mate and top seed Andrew Martin 21-14 24-22.

Korea won wheelchair men’s doubles gold when Jungjun Kim and and Sam Seop Lee defeated the Hong Kong and Thai pairing of Ho Yuen Chan and Homhaul 21-15 21-8.

And Korea rounded off the day’s programme by winning the last two finals, Lee leaving Homhaul to collect a third silver after the Korean top seed’s 21-16 21-8 win in the wheelchair 1 final.

Kim then collected his second gold when the second seed toppled the top seed and team-mate Kyung Hoon Kim 21-17 14-21 21-19 in a gripping wheelchair 2 final.

One other gold was decided earlier when Israel’s Nina Gorodetzky and Russia’s Liliia Prokofeva denied England pair Sharon Jones-Barnes and Paula Robinson 21-15 18-21 21-16 in another keenly fought contest.

The next big test for many of these competitors is the European Championships in the Spanish city of Murcia in September followed by the Asian Para-Games in Incheon, Korea, in October

Final day gold haul: 4 Malaysia, England, 3 Korea, 2 Thailand, 1 Switzerland, Scotland, Israel, Russia.

Silvers: 5 England, 3 Thailand, 2 Switzerland, 1 Poland, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Korea.

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