BWF PARA BADMINTON WC 2017

Nov. 27, 2017, 7:08 p.m. (ET)

England’s Jack Shephard survived three match points to get the better of compatriot Krysten Coombs and clinch his first World title at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships 2017 today in Ulsan, Korea.

It was a good day for England with Rachel Choong repeating her three-gold medal feat from two years ago. Choong finished as the most successful contestant of the championships. Indonesia’s Ukun Rukaendi and Hary Susanto, India’s Parul Parmar, Korea’s Kim Jungjun and China’s Li Hongyan won two gold medals each.

Shephard fought back after a poor start in the Men’s Singles Short Stature (SS 6) final, and despite facing desperate situations in the remaining two games, stayed in the hunt even as Coombs appeared to falter under pressure. Coombs led 17-14 in the second after winning the first game easily, failed to close it out, and the pattern repeated in the decider as he led 20-17 only to let the advantage slip.

“I was quite down in the third, I just told myself I had to survive, try to get everything back,” said Shephard. “We know each other’s games well, so I just tried to change my game today. At 17-all he missed a kill and that made a big difference, it gave me momentum and it dropped his head a bit.”

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