UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

Bugl Looking for Perfect Present

World Championships Day 3


Bettina Bugl will be looking to reward herself with the perfect birthday present when the soon to be 18 year old takes on Zuzana Kubanova. Bugl, facing the experienced Lillian Druve in the semi finals managed to edge a topsy turvey encounter by 8 points, leading 16-14 in the tennis when she made it to the final. Obviously a birthday World Title in the Women's Elite is almost a fairy tail, but Zuzana Kubanova probably isn't going tolet her house be blown down easily. Facing Christina Seehofer in the semi's, Zuzana and Christina split the table tennis and the badminton 21-8 to be level into the squash. However a big squash win for Zuzana gave her a decisive edge and she didn'tlet go.


The Ladies final is 11:45 on Sunday.




Bettina Bugl (7-Austria) vs Zuzana Kubanova (3 - Czech Republic)



Jesper Ratzer reached the final with aplomb as he looks to defend last years title. Prior to his semi final Jesper has not yet graced the tennis courts with his appearance and his semi final opponent Michi Dickert was unable to change that run. Despite Michi taking the table tennis 21-13, Jesper responded with 21-4 and 21-9 wins in badminton and squash his progression to the final. But we saved the best semi final till last. In front of a large crown, Stefan Adamsson engaged in a titanic battle with Kasper Jonsson, and what a battle it was. Kasper triumphed by 13 points, badminton and tennis wins seeing him home, Stefan though edging the squash 21-18 in an epic duel.


The Men's final is at 1:30 on Sunday, an all Danish affair




Jesper Ratzer (1) vs Kasper Jonsson (5)


Elsewhere it was another Racketlon packed day, the final class to start began with the Men's E, the class for First Time players, with England and Belgium dominating, each with two players in the semi finals. Saturday also saw a number of winners decided with Adam Kakula taking the Boys U16 title from Tinko Schnegg with Leon Griffiths coming third for England. Both Men's and Women's Over 45s finished with Barbara Capper from England taking the ladies title with Levante Nandori the Mens.  Finally the Over 55 and Over 65 Men's titles were determined wins for Peter Sakovics (Over 55s) and Sten Lindstrom in these categories.


So, to Sunday, the last day of the World Championships. This author can't believe that we are here, it has been a tremendous experience and a great tournament, even if I have some bias having been on The Dream Team. Leone McKinley has been awesome, constantly on her feet runing around organising the tremendous team of volunteers. Rachel and Louise on the front desk have made sure every one knows where their desk is, whilst Ray Jordan, Keith Lesser and Duncan Stahl have been titans of organisation. One last day, I am very sad it is over at the end of Day 4, even if I am also knackered. Thanks to all the players have a great last day.