Chyrkov in action at the European Championships in Rodez (Mark Phelan / Badminton Europe)
Chyrkov impresses on Day One
Date: 6/20/2019 12:21 AM
Published by : Bobby Griffin (BEC)

Oleksandr Chyrkov’s campaign was off to a great start today in Dublin, with a surprising win over one of India’s best.

The Ukranian SL3 has had a quiet year so far. Average results in Dubai and Turkey, by his standards, have meant that Chyrkov is still struggling to make it into the world top 10, and scrapes inside the top 20 in the Road to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic rankings.

Nothing too dramatic then, especially as his entrance to para-badminton at last year’s European Championships was far from average. He beat a four-time world champion on the way to claim a silver medal after just a few months in the sport.

Today was a return to that kind of form, in a tough group that might be an acceptable looking half of the quarter-final line up, he overcame India’s Nitesh Kumar in a thrilling 3 sets 21-16, 16-21, 21-19. Tomorrow he will face Wolter (GER) the world number 7 and Thomas (FRA) the world number 6

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“a huge milestone beating an Asian player”

We spoke with Oleksandr Chyrkov after his win, he had this to say:

I have struggled with an injury that I picked up at the back end of last year. I spent months in rehabilitation and physiotherapy and have not been at my best for the first part of 2019. I found it hard to compete in Turkey and Dubai, I didn’t have 100% confidence then, but now I am back to my best.


“I am so happy with the result today. This is the first time I have beaten an Asian player and a huge milestone for me. I am aiming to medal here this week. I want to win! I think I can get to the final at the World Championships and my dream is to play in the Paralympics”

The Irish Para-Badminton International 2019 continues this week. Look out for updates and results each day on tournament software here.

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