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Lucas Mazur, Meril Loquette and their Coaches in Bangkok today (photo credit : Bobby Griffin)
Allez Lucas!
Date: 7/28/2018 5:42 PM
Published by : Bobby Griffin (BEC)

Lucas Mazur, the French number 1 SL4 player spent 214 minutes on court today and managed to secure a place in tomorrow’s men’s single final



Huge support for the current world number 1 came from not only the French camp, but the many nations supporting Monsieur Mazur in not one, but THREE semi-finals today in the Huamark Indoor Stadium.


Game 1 of his mixed doubles quarter final with Faustine Noel at 9.00am this morning set the tone for the day for the 2 meter tall left-hander. The nail biting 23-21 close was just one of 4 games throughout the day that went to sudden death.


Notably the 27-25 win with Meril Loquette saw them take a place in the SU5 men’s doubles semi-final later, to face arguably the most decorated para-badminton player in history Cheah Like Hou and his partner Hairol Fozi Saaba (MAL) which itself featured a 24-26 result in the 2nd game.


Mazur and Noel didn’t have the game plan to overcome Fredy Setiawan and Khalimatus Sukohandoko, which went to a third game in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles semi-final... and it was Setiawan whom Mazur later faced in the men’s singles semi-final which had a very intriguing and tense second game that the Indonesian managed to take off Mazur 22-20.


So far this week, Mazur has been on court for 403 minutes and seems to be playing better and better as the months move closer to that 2020 Paralympic pinnacle. The very least he deserves this week is a Gold medal tomorrow in the men’s singles final when he faces Korean Shin Kyung Hwan, and it won’t be just the French, or even just the European supporters here in Bangkok that believe he will be taking this title back to Paris.




Read : Another win for Jorgensen




19 finals tomorrow in Bangkok, 6 European gold medal chances


Team GB’s Jack Shephard leads the European charge tomorrow, featuring in 2 men’s SS6 finals. First he’s up against his old foe Wong Chun Yim (HKG) in the men’s singles, continuing his domination of the category. A win here tomorrow will see Shephard go an entire year undefeated! 


The world number 1 will also be in action with teammate Krysten Coombs in the SS6 men’s doubles final, and again face Wong with Hong Kong teammate Chu Man Kai. 


Faustine Noel (FRA) faces the number 1 seed Leani Ratri Oktila (INA) in the SL4 women’s singles final. Catherine Rosengren (DEN) also takes on the number 1 seed, Japan’s Mamiko Toyoda in the SU5 women’s singles. And lastly, Germany’s Thomas Wandschneider is up against Lee Dong Seop (KOR) in the WH1 men’s singles final.



We wish those 6 gold medal hopefuls the very best of luck in tomorrow’s finals.



For a full list of the Thailand Para-Badminton International draws and results this week click here

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