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Casha strikes gold in doubles at World Parkinson’s Table Tennis Championships

Adrian Casha (left) poses with the gold medal with Marjan Vitanc.

Adrian Casha won the gold medal in the doubles competition at the World Parkinson’s Table Tennis Championships that are being held in Pula, Croatia

Casha, Malta’s sole representative in the tournament, teamed up with Slovenia player Marjan Vitanc and the pairing produced a very strong showing in the competition.

In fact, Casha and Vitanc were in top form in the group stages as they had the better of opponents from England, Germany and Austria with an identical 3-0 scoreline.

On Sunday morning they progressed to the final when they beat Israel (3-0), the Czech Republic (3-0) and Germany’s second team 3-1.

In the final, Casha and Vitanc were up against Trabalski and Kalkhoff, of Germany, who were the tournament favourites. They again put in an impressive display as they raced to a 3-0 victory to be crowned world champions.

Earlier last week, Casha also took part in the men’s singles competition but failed to progress from his group Still, he managed to secure a victory in the consolation round when he had the better of Ronen Stein, of Israel, 3-2.

This was the third edition of these world championships after they were previously hosted in New York and Berlin in the previous two years.

Casha was accompanied to these championships by coach Katia Mifsud.

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