Dan Bullen put up a great performance at the 2017 PTT Spanish Open Ciutat del Prat today taking silver in the men’s class 5 singles and there were bronze medals for Alex Bland and Lee Wilkinson in the men’s class 7 singles.
Bullen had topped his group yesterday with 3-0 wins against the Frenchman Philippe Durieux and Kamon Sayjan from Thailand and the 19 year old from St Neots fought back well to beat David Olsson from Sweden in the semi-final 3-2. His reward was a final against the former Paralympic and World champion Tommy Urhaug and although Bullen took the third set the Norwegian used his experience to secure a 3-1 win.
Bland lost his first group match to the very experienced Spaniard Jordi Morales but progressed from his group with a 3-1 win against Noah Olsson from Sweden. The 17 year old from Rotherham won his quarter-final against Markus Koteng from Norway 3-0 but found Kazuya Kaneko from Japan too good in the semi-final, losing 3-0.
Wilkinson lost to Kaneko in the group but won his second match against Sam Gustafsson from Sweden 3-1. After beating the Austrian Andreas Thomasberger 3-0 in the quarter-finals yesterday the 24 year old from Evesham faced former World number two Morales in today’s semi-finals and the Spaniard took the match 3-0 before going on to take the gold.
The competition continues with the team event that concludes tomorrow.