Thomas Schmidtberger and Thomas Brucele are hoping for gold on the third attempt in the final of the team competition in wheelchair table tennis at the Paralympics in Tokyo.
In the semifinals, two paraplegic players defeated the Czech Republic 2-0. The two will play in the final on Thursday at 11.30am German time Dசsseldorf And Frickenhausen China. They lost to the Chinese in the finals in 2012 and 2016. And Schmidtberger lost the single final against Chinese Panfeng Feng in Rio as he had already done in Tokyo.
“Tomorrow evening is our turn,” the 29-year-old said, “and we have a precise match plan in our pocket. And Bruce is in a good mood. “We’re sure of Friday, but this time it’s not enough for us,” he said. “I’m a mathematician. We came very close. Tom was very close. No tie.
First Schmidtberger and Brussels won doubles against Peter Svatos and Jiri Suzannek 3-0. Then 44-year-old Verkreelshool teacher Bruce Swatos lost 3-1. Schmidtberger (29) no longer has to go to the table in the singles section against Susannek.
Schneck / Rao receives bronze
On the other hand, Björn Schnake and Thomas Rau missed the final in another class, thus winning bronze. In the semi-finals of the team, the two lost 0: 2 to gold-loving China in Tokyo on Wednesday. There will be no game for third place. Both doubles (1: 3) and Raw’s singles (0: 3) clearly went to the Chinese.
© dpa-infocom, dpa: 210901-99-46615 / 6 (dpa)