Day 1 was a fast and frenetic day of Racketlon the 2019 FIR World Doubles Championships in Oudenaarde. As we highlighted there are a stack of Brits involved and on Day 1, some of them were making the headlines. Day 2 is of course, medal day, so lets look at who is left in the contention for a medal from our British contingent. You can also relive the day by scanning through the excellent FIR Day 1 Live Blog from racketlon.net.
Our sole representative is Calum Reid and his partner Cornelius Radermacher, who after two wins are in the semi-finals. They face the French pairing of Cedric Junillon and Arnaud Genin in a semi-final at 10am BST. Calum is chasing a first ever Men's A Doubles world title to complete his career Triple Crown of World Titles.
The top seeds Dan Bubsy & Christine Seehofer (Aut) eased into the semi-finals where they will face Belgian pairing Lieselot de Bleeckere & Peter Duyck at 8am BST in the opening match of the day. In a late finish last night, Dan & Chrisi were joined in the semi-finals by Luke Griffiths & Amke Fischer (Ger). Luke, on his elite world tour debut, and Amke stunned the second seeds and many people's favourites, Zuzana Severiova (Cze) & Morten Jaksland (Den). With skill and guile (Luke is playing first at squash), Luke & Amke put themselves firmly in medal contention. They are also on court at 8am BST. Check out rackelon.net for links to the Live Blog on this must follow match!
A crowd gathered smelling an upset, and they got one! (Photo from racketlon.net)
It was a win a piece for the British interest in the Women's B, the 9 team, 3 box league event! Sarah Ball & Lindsay Johnson-Farge (Group 1) and Maureen Thompson & Ho Ching Chan (HKG) (Group 2) both won their opening matches. Both now face the seeded pair in their respective groups with a win giving them a medal shot and defeat leaving them battling for 4-6. However, both face a big battle as both seeded pairs look to be very, very strong.
Jo Shelley & Volker Sach (Ger) are in a battle for silver today as after 1 win and 1 defeat, it is a winner takes silver match against top seeds Esther Dubendorfer (Swi) & Thomas Larsen (Den).
Luke Griffiths & Angus Howard defeated James Vincent & Aris Solomon (Gre) in their opening match to leave a gold medal shot in their second match against top seeds David Ersil (Cze) & Cornelius Reid (Ger). James & Aris are also still in the medal hunt.
Claudia & James Vincent are on course for bronze in the U21s Doubles, despite facing some tough elite players such as Zuzanna Severinova (Cze), Luka Pentinnen (Fin) and Anna Wall (Fin). Claudia is having an incredible experience, she is also faced Nicole Eisler (Swi) in the Mixed B Doubles consolation matches yesterday! Not bad for your second year in the sport!
Duncan Stahl & Paul Twisterling (Ned) won their opening box league match but now face top seeds Radu Ionescu (Rom) & Esroy Korer (Tur). Win and they battle for gold, lose and they fight for bronze. They are on court from 9am BST.
Loads of matches to go in this five pair round robin event. Jo Shelley & Dianne Baker lost their opener, but still 3 to play here and all to play for.
Alan Plater & Katrin Maldre (USA) are two from two in this five pair round robin. They too are hoping to finish with a medal, the colour is yet to be decided, but they face tough matches against Czechia pairing Zuzana Vancurikova & Richard Hobzik and Hungarian legend Peter Sakovics & Carola von Heimburg (Ger).
Neil Rayner & Bruce Shepherd face a Gold Medal Shoot Out at 9:45 BST against Finnish top seeds Ari Kujala & Pekka Tennila, winner takes gold, loser takes silver, and based on the results against other pairs in the group, you would fancy Bruce and Neil to go all the way!
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