US Para Team Lands Medal Haul in Europe

By Matt Hetherington | March 25, 2019, 12:59 a.m. (ET)

While the week was completely filled with international events and the US youth team competed in Italy and Chile and the adults played in Oman and Spain, a formidable US para contingent took to the tables in the ITTF Para Spain and Italy Opens. 

The week started off with an unfortunate accident which required a surgery for one of the team's coaches, Mitch Seidenfeld. It was certainly a heavy loss for the team not to have his contribution for the events, though we have heard that Mitch is recovering well back home and we wish him the very best. 

The team continued on under the guidance of coach Gary Fraiman and Angie Bengtsson.

In Italy the team brought home 2 medals, with Tahl winning a bronze in the singles event and Jenson Van Emburgh taking a silver in the team event. 

The Spanish Open proved an event more impressive haul, with 4 medals. The jewel in the crown was Jenson's gold medal in the team event, pairing with a player from Korea. 



Jenson had some great wins against higher ranked players over the week and narrowly lost out 15-17 in the fifth and deciding game to the current world number 3! Well done Jenson!

Two silver medals came with Ian Seidenfeld in the team event and Tahl Leibovitz in the singles event. 

Tahl also paired with USA's Jerry Vasquez to take a bronze medal in the team event, an excellent result.

The end total - 6 medals and some brilliant performances from our athletes who played the two events back to back and gave it everything out on the table. 

Congratulations to the players for their fighting spirit and strong results, to coaches Angie Bengtsson Gary Fraiman and again we wish our best to Coach Mitch Seidenfeld for his recovery.