Florian Van Acker was in the semifinals of the Class 11 table tennis tournament at the Tokyo Paralympics on Friday. He is guaranteed to win at least the bronze medal, just as Laurens Devos qualified for the semifinals in class 9 for a few minutes. There are no bronze medal matches at the Paralympic table tennis tournament.
Van Acker, 24, second in the world in his category 11, beat South Korean Chang Gi Kim, 21 and 10, in the quarter-finals. Flanders won 3-1 (13-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4).
In the semifinals he will meet the French Lucas Creange, 4th in the world, who in the quarter-final 3-0 (13-11, 11-9, 11: 5) won against the Japanese Takeshi Takemori.
Florian Van Acker is the reigning Olympic champion. He was also world champion in class 11 in 2018 and European champion in 2015. He also has a bronze medal at the world championships and a bronze medal at the European championships.
In class 9, Laurens Devos also qualified for the semi-finals. . The 21-year-old Belgian table tennis player, defending champion and world number one, won the quarter-finals in the quarter-finals against Nigerian Tajudeen Agunbiade, 46th, 3 sets of 0 (13-11, 13-11, 11-5) in 17 minutes, 9th in the world.
Devos meets Russian Iurii Nozdrunov, 11th in the world, 3-2 (8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7) against Briton Joshua Stacey, 13th in the world ranking in the semi-final.
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