The competition for the best table tennis players of the Old Continent, which took place at the COS Torwar Hall in Warsaw, has ended. The silver medal was won on Polish soil by Jakob Degas in doubles. His partner in the husband was Belgian Cedric Neuttink.
On the way to the final, the Polish-Belgian duo had to win four matches. First, Degas and Newtenk confidently beat the French in the finals 1/16 and the Czechs in the next round. At this point, Samuel Kolchiki and Maciej Kubik bid farewell to the competition. The climb up the stairs began with the quarter-finals, where dangerous Russians – Kirish Skachko and Vladimir Sidorenko were waiting for him. The Polish won with the Belgian 3: 2. On the same day (Saturday), the semi-final match was held, in which the Portuguese duo Thiago Apollonia and Joao Monteiro lost 3-0.
In the final, opponents from Russia – Lou Kacman and Maxim Grebneau – were again waiting for Degas and Newtink. Competitors won the first set with an advantage of 12:10. The Polish and the Belgian put hope in the hearts of the fans at the start of the second game, leading 6:3. Unfortunately, the end of this part of the game was weaker for them and they eventually lost 8:11.
After a difficult journey, the duo would not give up without a fight. The next group won Degas and Newtenk in a ratio of 11:8, expanding the chance to win the gold medal. However, the Russians gave their best performance in the latter part of the match. They won in 11:7 and the whole match ended 3:1.
This is Poland’s second silver medal to win at the European Championships in doubles. He won the previous Degas award five years ago in Budapest with Daniel Jurac. From this event, the player also brought the bronze he won in the singles competition.
In the COS Torwar Hall, the tennis player was also close to winning another game. In the quarter-finals of the mixed match, Degas and Natalia Bartica led 2-0 with French duo Emmanuel Lipson and Jia Nan Yuan, but in the end it ended with a score of 2: 3.
– We are very pleased with the success of the Polish tennis player, who also managed to win at home, which always has a unique meaning and taste. (…]Degas won the silver. I think we as organizers have also shown that we deserve a place in the European elite. Preparing such an event during a pandemic is not an easy task, but we are proving once again that it can be done at a high level in Torwar – Andrei Kalinovsky, director of the Central Sports Center in Warsaw.
Germany’s Timo Paul became the European table tennis champion for the eighth time. Among the women, the gold medal for the first time in his career was won by compatriot Petrissa Solga. German women didn’t fail in doubles, either. The song’s gold medalist added the gold medal won by Shan Xiaoyun. The German team completely dominated the competition in the COS Torwar Hall. Qiu Dang and Nina Mittelham were victorious in a mixed match.
Of the performances of the Poles, it is also worth noting the beginning of Natalia Bajor. The Polish woman was eliminated in the 1/8 finals of the European Championships, but in the fight with the gold medalist later, she had two match balls.
Central Sports Center