The Doubles World Championships recently concluded in Germany after 2 full days of fierce Racketlon competition!
Players from Austria and Germany took a clean sweep of all the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Elite classes at this year’s championships with the Hungarians once again dominating many of the Senior classes.
The Dark Horses Triumph!
It was the “dark horse” German pair of Christian Wiessner and Thorsten Deck who took the Men’s Double title which was based around very strong Table Tennis, unbeatable Tennis and an ability to score a lot of useful points in the middle two sports – it proved too much for the very strong Austrian pair of Lukas Windischberger and George Stoisser (2nd place) and the Danes Morten Jaksland & Kresten Hougaard (3rd) as the Germans were crowned world champions for the first time.
In the Women’s event, the big question was whether anyone could challenge the overwhelming favourites, Christine Seehofer (Austria) & Natalie Paul (Germany). The answer to this question was clearly “No!” as Chrissie and Natalie dominated the competition from the start showing too much class and strength across all 4 sports. Two players who have bravely fought their way back to fitness from long-term injuries, Izzy Bramhall (Great Britain) & Anna-Klara Ahlmer (Sweden), partnered up to take the silver medal and it was fantastic to see both players back on court! Bettina Bugl (Austria) and Nicole Eisler (Switzerland) took the bronze.
Similarly the Mixed World title also went to the strong favourites, Lukas Windischberger & Christine Seehofer from Austria. The pair have dominated the Mixed Classes at World Tour events for a long time now so it was right that they could finally add a global title to their collection. Silver went to Kresten Hougaard (Denmark) & Astrid Reimer-Kern (Germany) and Bronze was taken home by MOrten Jaksland (Denmark) & Anna-Klara Ahlmer (Sweden).
The young Finnish pair of Luka Penttinen & Anna Wall became first time u21 Mixed World Champions
Nandoori, Sakovics & Izzy Bramhall Dominate the Seniors
The Seniors Classes were largely dominated by 3 players: Levente Nandoori (Hungary) who took home 3 Golds in the 40+, 45+ Men’s doubles and the 45+ Mixed . Peter Sakovics (Hungary) took 2 golds in the 45+ and 55+ doubles and then also the returning Izzy Bramhall who claimed 2 golds in the 45+ Women’s Doubles and the 45+ Mixed Doubles.
All the results across all the categories can be found here
A gallery of photos from the World Champs can be found here