May 2, 2019

Joel Coughlan on his way to gold in the Men’s Singles Class 6-10. (Photo: Josh Griffen)

Australia has defended their home ground, taking a clean sweep of gold medals in singles events at the 2019 ITTF-Oceania Para Championships in Darwin, Australia.

Daniela Di Toro found a way past a tenacious Mere Roden to claim the Women’s Singles Class 2-5 gold medal. Aussie Di Toro rushed to a 2-0 lead and looked to close out it out leading 9-6. But Roden had other ideas. The Fiji representative took that game to claw her way back into the match with some support from the Fiji and Tonga supporters in the crowd. Di Toro fired up and ran away to an early lead and closed out the match for a 3-1 win.

Melissa Tapper took home the Women’s Singles Class 6-10 title for the third time defeating teammate Andrea McDonnnell in the final. McDonnell put up a fight ad worked her way to a 10-9 lead in the second game, but the experienced Tapper held her nerve to steal the game.¬†Tapper didn’t look back and comfortably sealed a straight games win for the title.

In the Men’s Singles Class 2-5 it was Junjian Chen who came out on top. Chen got off to a slow start, losing the opening game to a motivated Kope Taubakoa. But the Fijian ran out of steam. Chen took the next three games and the gold medal.

In the final battle of the evening Joel Coughlan defeated top seed Nathan Pellissier in the Men’s Singles Class 6-10. Coughlan played a solid match from both wings leaving Pellissier searching for big forehands to break his defences. But Coughlan proved too strong taking the match 3-1.

It’s not just medals that the winners are taking home. The gold medallists now on the fast track to qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Tune in at 10:00 (GMT+9:30) to catch the action from the team events.