Thursday , 25 April 2024

Bronze medal at the European Table Tennis Championship for people with disabilities by Evanthia Bournia

Great success for Greek table tennis overall, as Evanthia Bournia won the bronze medal at the European Championship for People with Disabilities, in class 2.

At the European Championships, held in Sheffield, England, the young champion of class 2 in wheelchair prevailed in the decisive race of the single group and won the bronze medal. She had a strong match against Femke Koben from the Netherlands and with an excellent performance in the most crucial points she got the coveted victory with 3-2 sets. Bournia adds this success to her bronze medal, which she had taken in the women's class 1 at the world championships in November 2022. And the medal in England has special significance because after her re-evaluation, which brought her to class 2, she met new opponents and possibly with less mobility problems. In technical guidance she has in another big event the federal coach Eleftheria Daountaki. The doubles follow from tomorrow in the program of the European Championship.

Bournia went to the big match tied at noon in 3rd place and 4 points with Coben (number 9 in the world). The winner won the medal and our champion, who until recently competed in Class 1, showed again her good racing condition and readiness in all respects. Characteristic of her psychological strength is that she reacted very well to the double equalizer and generally took all three sets of her own!

In the 2nd set he lost two slots at 9-9 to concede 1-1. In the 4th set 6-3 in her favor became 5-7 for the Dutchwoman and Eleftheria Daoundaki made use of the timeout. The set was lost, but that didn't deter Bournia. Improving her reception immediately took a difference in the 5th set (5-1) and not only kept it but increased it to celebrate the great success (11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-2).

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