Two Schwechat-based won EC-gold


Marcos Freitas

The athletes of the Werner Schlager Academy were able to celebrate great successes at the European Table Tennis Team Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.

Outstanding examples are the two Schwechat-based teammates of Portugal: Marcos Freitas and João Monteiro which clinched sensational team gold in a memorable final. They beat the defending champion and gold favorite Germany (with No.  5 and No. 9 of the world: Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll).

Monteiro lives (as well as his wife Daniela Dodean-Monteiro who plays for SVNÖ STRÖCK) since 2010 in Schwechat, which means that he’s a WSA-athlete from the beginning.

Marcos Freitas already lived for two years in Schwechat and since then climbed up to world No. 12 in the ITTF ranking. On Sunday he celebrated probably his biggest success of his career so far with an important 3:1 triumph over Timo Boll.

Beside Monteiro and Freitas two other WSA players have won medals with their national teams: Matilda Ekholm (SVNÖ STRÖCK) who lives in Schwechat since this summer, won the Bronze medal with Sweden and Li Qiangbing (TTC Villach) who was in the Austrian team, just lost the final to Germany and reached the Silver medal.

In addition to the medal winners some more WSA players were able to perform well:
Dora Madarasz (SVNÖ STRÖCK) led Hungary to the quarter finals, Sarah de Nutte (Luxembourg), Andrea Todorovic (Serbia), Tetyana Bilenko (Ukraine / SVNÖ STRÖCK) qualified with their teams for the European Games 2015 in Baku and the 17-year-old Croatian Lea Rakovac (SVNÖ STRÖCK) remained unbeaten in Division 2.


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