News 15.11.2015 19:00

Day 3: Czechs earn gold medals also in triples

First of all Hungary defeated Poland in the match for 7th place in two sets 11:8, 11:8. After that, Ukraine stepped up to Switzerland in the first set of the duel for 5th place and curiously won 10:12. But Swiss team took this warning very seriously and won the next set 11:1 and the final part of the game 11:3 and thus placed 5th in triples.

Romania wanted to conclude the successful championships by getting another bronze medal, on the other hand, French players wanted to break the curseof 4th places in singles and doubles. French players, though still shocked by recent terrorist attacks in Paris, played very well and won the set 11:5. However, the second set offered a totally opposite view and Romania evened the score by winning the set 11:3. In the final set, France did not have enough energy and accuracy to overpower Romania, lost 6:11 and completed the unlucky collection of 4th places in the tournament.

Afterwards followed the final match of the championships between Slovakia and Czech Republic. Czech triple Kop, Topinka and Rosenberk were almost flawless in the first set and smashed home team led by Ján Brutovský 11:3.

Slovak coach Marian Žigala rotated the team members around Brutovský. Bertko, Hulín, Černota and Galus all played part of the match. In the beginning of the second set, it seemed, that Žigala finally found the key to Czech defense. Brutovský used his powerful smashes and Slovak team led 7:2. Czech Coach Petr Gulda reacted to this and sent Jan Vanke on the pitch instead of Pavel Kop. Vanke did his best and and made the set very dramatic, but at 10:9 for Slovakia Brutovský scored the final point with an unyielding smash. The sports hall with more than one thousand spectators was boiling with energy and Slovaks were on top.

But Czech team is too experienced to be distracted by wild atmosphere. Kop returned back to the court and he was excellent. Almost all of his attacks were successful and shortly after the start, the score was 9:3. There was a small sparkle of hope when Brutovský scored two points in a row but the Czech triple finished the set 11:5 and earned gold medals in triples.

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