TeamUSA Para: Gold for Seidenfeld, Bronze for Van Emburgh - Butterfly Table Tennis
Site Products

TeamUSA Para: Gold for Seidenfeld, Bronze for Van Emburgh

(by Steve Hopkins, photos from USATT)

Ian Seidenfeld won three tight games in a row to top Denmark’s Peter Rosenmeier 3-0 in the Final of the Paralympic Class 6 Singles.  Seidenfeld’s Gold and Van Emburgh’s Bronze are highlights of TeamUSA’s performance this week.  These accomplishments are also very promising for TeamUSA’s Para Future as Seidenfeld is 20 years old and Van Emburgh is 21.

GOLD FOR SEIDENFELD

Ian’s Paralympics started with a tough loss in the Group stage – falling to this same Danish player 3-2, a match where he fell behind early and was never able to pull ahead (7, -9, 7, -9, 8).  However, a dominant win over Italy’s Matteo Parenzan helped him to advance, and he continued to win.  A 3-2 win over Chile’s Dettoni put him into the medal rounds, and he dominated from there – winning the Semifinal 3-0 over Great Britain’s Karabardak and then winning the final 3-0 over Denmark’s Rosenmeier.

BRONZE FOR VAN EMBURGH

Like the rest of the American team, Jenson fell in his first match – losing 0-3 to China’s Xiang Zhai.  He recovered quickly with a dominant win over Petr Svatos of the Czech Republic.  Jenson had a seesaw battle against Germany’s Bruechle in the Round of 16 with Jenson winning the first game easily, losing the second game, winning the third game easily, falling just short in the fourth, and then winning the fifth.  The next round was a dominant 3-0 win over Vladimir Toporkov to put Jenson into the top 4 (and to ensure a medal).  Jenson then fell to Panfeng Feng of China (the eventual winner).

A CLOSE LOSS FOR LEIBOVITZ IN THE QUARTERFINAL

Tahl started slow in his group play, losing 0-3 to Laurens Devos of Belarus.  That slow start included only scoring 7 points combined in the first two game, but the third game was tight to the end (an 11-9 loss).  Tahl dominated his second match 3-0 over Spain’s Juan Perez Gonzalez.  After advancing to the elimination rounds, he was matched up against Class 9 World No. 2 Ivan Mai of Ukraine – a match that went 5 games and included Tahl leading early in the fifth game (before falling 11-9).  A close loss to a great opponent, one match short of winning a medal.

MICHAEL GODFREY’S TOUGH GROUP

Michael did not advance from his group in Class 1 Singles.  Michael is not as accomplished as the other three on the team, but he is improving and he made some waves.  He managed to take a game off of the No. 7 player in the world in this Class.  Unfortunately, his group was a tough one – World No. 7 Andrea Borgato of Italy was the top seed in the group and he fell 3-1 to Hungary’s Endre Major (who won the group).

Visit ButterflyOnline.com for table tennis news and results.

 

Seidenfeld's Gold and Van Emburgh's Bronze Medals


Dignics 09C - Now Available

Latest News

Kanak Jha Extends Contract With TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen

January 22, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) American fans will be able to follow Kanak Jha with his German squad for another… Read More

Dusseldorf Tops Ochsenhausen in TTBL Action

January 21, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) You could argue that the two squads are moving in opposite directions.  Borussia Dusseldorf sits… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips with Linda Shu – Handspeed and Forehand Loop Footwork

January 21, 2022
In this Butterfly Training Tips with Linda Shu, she is focuses on increasing her handspeed close to the… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips with Nandan Naresh – 3 point Forehand Loop Footwork

January 21, 2022
In this latest Butterfly Training Tips, Nandan Naresh does the 3 point footwork using the Forehand Loop close… Read More

Training experience in Taiwan

January 20, 2022
(By Darryl Tsao) The building was quiet. The only thing I could hear were my footsteps, inching closer… Read More

WTTC Interviews: Suthasini Sawettabut

January 20, 2022
1. You were playing very well against Mima Ito and really close to win. Ito commented you had… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips with Wang Hui – Multi-ball Training: Forehand Counter

January 20, 2022
In this Butterfly Training Tips Wang Hui focuses on Multi-ball training of Forehand Counter Loop [embed]https://youtu.be/NqZIOnf8Swo[/embed] Stay “In… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips with Rachel Sung – Full Table Random

January 19, 2022
In this Butterfly Training Tips Rachel Sung is focuses on full table random drill [embed]https://youtu.be/zyZwRJLPJn8[/embed] Stay “In The… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.