Successful finish to first edition of ITTF-Oceania Cup in Bendigo, Australia
Australia's William Henzell and Miao Miao have booked their place at the ITTF World Cup.. Photo courtesy of Andrew Perryman/Bendigo Weekly.
The K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup successfully concluded in Bendigo, Australia on 2 July 2013.
It was a fruitful day for host country Australia, as they swept 5 of 6 medals on offer, missing out only on the Silver Medal in the Women's Singles.
In the Women's Singles Finals, top seed and defending champion LI Chunli (NZL) raced to a 3-1 lead against MIAO Miao of Australia. However, MIAO quickly recovered and bounced back to win 4-3, to the delight of the supportive home crowd in Bendigo Stadium.
"I would like to give my thanks to everybody here who are supporting me. Thanks to the organisers, the coaches, my parent and all the friends here. Thank you very much for your support," acknowledged MIAO during an interview after the match.
In the Men's Singles Finals, the match went according to seedings, as William HENZELL (AUS), top seed and defending champion, earned an easy 4-1 victory over teammate David POWELL. This is the 32 year olds 5th Men's Singles title at the ITTF-Oceania Cup, having won previously in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
In addition to clinching gold, MIAO and HENZELL also win the honour of representing Oceania at the 2013 ITTF Women's World Cup and 2013 ITTF Men's World Cup respectively, which is a massive boost to Australia having representatives in both events.
The previous day it was an opportunity for the athletes of the Pacific Islands to shine, with an all New Caledonian final in the Pacific Cup Women's Singles, which saw GAUTHIER Cathy claim a straight games win over compatriot BOUTEILLE Ornella.
The Pacific Cup Men's Singles saw SHING Yoshua of Vanuatu face off against Kiribati's FREDDY Choy. SHING made a quick start and raced out to a two games to nil lead, before FREDDY fought back to claim the third and fifth sets, however it was SHING who was too strong at the pointy end of the games, and claimed back-to-back Pacific Cup titles.
"I am really excited to claim my second Pacific Cup, and look forward to defending the title again next year" claimed SHING.
Results from the K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup:
Gold: William HENZELL (AUS) Silver: David POWELL (AUS) Bronze: Robert FRANK (AUS)
Gold: MIAO Miao (AUS) Silver: LI Chunli (NZL) Bronze: Zhenhua DEDERKO (AUS)
Pacific Cup Men's Singles
Gold: SHING Yoshua (VAN) Silver: FREDDY Choy (KIR) Bronze: SENS Laurent (NCL) Bronze: ARNAUD Gilles (NCL)
Pacific Cup Women's Singles
Gold: GAUTHIER Cathy (NCL) Silver: BOUTEILLE Ornella (NCL) Bronze: QWEA Stephanie (VAN) Bronze: LAI VAN Lea (NCL)
For the full results, please click here http://ittf.com/competitions/competitions2.asp?Competition_ID=2218&category=Cont
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For more information, please contact ITTF-Oceania's Development Officer Michael Brown at email@example.com.
About the K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup
The ITTF-Oceania Cup is the premier Table Tennis event on the ITTF-Oceania calendar.The event sees a total prize pool of over AU$20,000, with the Men's and Women's Champion gaining entry into their respective World Cup.
The K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup will be staged at the Bendigo Stadium from 30 June – 2 July. Tickets are on sale now through the Bendigo Visitors Centre.
STARTS 2013 ITTF Women's World Cup - Kobe, Japan | 21 - 23 Setpember 2013
LIEBHERR 2013 ITTF Men's World Cup - Verviers, Belgium | 25 - 27 October 2013
Find out more about the K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup at ITTFOceania.com/ittfoceaniacup.
About ITTF-Oceania (Oceania Table Tennis Federation
The ITTF-Oceania (Oceania Table Tennis Federation) is responsible for the sport of table tennis within the Oceania Region - Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Ocean. ITTF-Oceania has 24 affiliated National Associations.
Find out more about the ITTF-Oceania (Oceania Table Tennis Federation) at ITTFOceania.com.
About International Table Tennis Federation
The International Table Tennis Federation is responsible for the global sport of table tennis and has 218 affiliated National Associations. Table Tennis is an Olympic Sport, introduced at the 1988 Seoul Olympics Games. Table Tennis is also a Paralympic Sport.
Find out more about the International Table Tennis Federation at ITTF.com.