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Sweden and Germany triumph in European Championships

On Saturday, the bronze medals were decided with both France and Portugal claiming the bronzes in both the men’s and women’s events.

It was announced prior to the final, that Josh Reynolds of England was selected as one of the match umpires for the men’s final.

In the women’s event, defending European team champions Germany didn’t drop a single match during the whole tournament, taking 3-0 group stage victories over England and Austria, before successfully overcoming Ukraine, Italy and Portugal in the knockout stages, with all scores ending 3-0. In the final, they faced 2019 European Team Champions Romania, who had a bit more of a struggle in reaching the final.

Xiaona Shan started with a 3-0 win against Elizabeta Samara, before Ying Han came from behind to defeat Bernadette Szocs 3-1. The first game in this match ended up going to 16-14 to the Romanian, but Han pulled through the rest of the contest, winning the final game 12-10.

The final match up was a very close affair. Nina Mittelham narrowly ended up with the win to secure Germany a memorable European title, but she had to do it the hard way over Andreea Dragoman of Romania. Mittelham came from behind twice, to arrive at the final score of 3-2, but the deciding game ended at 12-10.

Final score: Germany 3-0 Romania

Xiaona Shan (GER) beat Elizabeta Samara (ROU) 3-0, (11-6, 11-8, 11-8)

Ying Han (GER) beat Bernadette Szocs (ROU) 3-1, (14-16, 11-8, 11-8, 12-10)

Nina Mittelham (GER) beat Andreea Dragoman 3-2, (5-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10)

The Germany women’s team celebrate their title

Later in the day, in the men’s final, Sweden claimed a famous victory on home soil by preventing Germany taking a clean sweep of both events.

Former World Championship silver medallist, Truls Möregårdh was the local hero as he opened Sweden’s account in the final with a solid 3-0 win over Benedikt Duda of Germany. In the next matchup, Timo Boll showed his excellence and experience to come from two games down to triumph over Mattias Falck.

Kristian Karlsson also took a 3-2 win over Germany’s Kay Stumper right before the final showdown of the tournament came to pass between two of the biggest names taking part in the men’s competition. Despite going two games up, Möregårdh was made to wait by the legendary Boll who got himself back into contention to draw the game at 2-2. But it wasn’t to be for the visitors, as Truls Möregårdh sent the packed Malmö Arena into uproar with celebration as Sweden claimed a famous victory on home turf.

Final score: Sweden 3-1 Germany

Truls Möregårdh (SWE) beat Benedikt Duda (GER) 3-0, (11-4, 11-8, 14-12)

Timo Boll (GER) beat Mattias Falck 3-2, (8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10)

Kristian Karlsson (SWE) beat Kay Stumper (GER) 3-2, (11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-4)

Truls Möregårdh (SWE) beat Timo Boll (GER) 3-2, (11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 6-11, 11-5)

Sweden celebrated in front of a home crowd in Malmö

You can re-watch the action going back as far as the group stages right now on TTE.TV.


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