Team silver for Stacey on final day in China

Welshman Joshua Stacey teamed up with Igor Misztal from Poland to take silver in the men’s class 9-10 team event on the final day of the PTT China Open in Hangzhou today.

With usual partner Ashley Facey Thompson playing with Kim Daybell, Stacey teamed up with class 10 World and European team gold medallist Misztal and they were drawn in the same group as Daybell and Facey Thompson. After beating Wong Chi Yin and Lam Ka Wai from Hong Kong 2-0 Stacey and Misztal beat Daybell and Facey Thompson 2-0 and topped the group with a 2-0 win against the China2 team of class 9 Asian champion Zhao Yi Qing and Asian team gold medallist Han Yajie. They won their semi-final against World number three Koyo Iwabuchi and Nariaki Kakita from Japan 2-0 and took on the China1 team of class 10 World number three Lian Hao, Mao Shubo and Kong Weijie in the final.

After losing a very close doubles 3-2 Stacey levelled the tie with a 3-0 win against the class 10 Asian Championships medallist Mao but Lian secured the gold for China with a 3-1 win against Misztal in the deciding singles.

“Playing with Igor was very different to playing with Ash,” said Stacey, “but I felt that we worked well together from the start; we trusted in each other’s games and overall the doubles was a positive. Playing against Ash and Kim was a really strange experience considering I’ve played in a team with them since I first started playing Para table tennis but I had to try and focus on what I needed to do and apply myself as best as possible to give Igor and me the best chance of winning.”

Billy Shilton and Arufuahirokazu Tateishi and Takumi Shukunobe from Japan won their final match against Vietnam 2-0 and finished in fourth place in the round-robin men’s class 8 team event. Megan Shackleton and her Brazilian partner Joyce De Oliveira also finished fourth in women’s class 4-5 after losing their final round-robin match to China2.

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