Iran’s Ahmadian Qualifies for Summer Youth Olympic Games

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian table tennis player Amin Ahmadian earned a ticket to the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games on Sunday.

Iran’s Ahmadian Qualifies for Summer Youth Olympic Games

Winner of the Junior Boys’ Singles title earlier in the week at the 2018 Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open; Ahmadian won the Men’s Singles title at the Road to Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games – Africa second qualification tournament.

Impressively, he succeeded without ever being extended the full seven games distance, ITTF.com reported.

He started his quest with victory over Switzerland’s Pedro Osiro (11-8, 11-9, 11-8, 11-13, 14-12), before accounting for Portugal’s José Pedro Francisco (11-7, 11-0, 11-5, 11-6) and Belgium’s in-form Laurens Devos (7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 13-11, 11-8) to reserve his place in the final.

 Notably, one round earlier Laurens Devos had ousted India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar, the top seed (11-7, 3-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 11-3, 4-11, 11-7).

A place in the final booked, Ahmadian accounted for Singapore’s Pan Yen En Koen (4-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 14-12), a young man for whom the heart bleeds; the previous day in the first knock-out event he had also reached the final, losing to Azerbaijan’s Yu Khinhang (12-10, 5-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-6).

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