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Hanna Vilmi and Elvira Sjöblom in women’s final at 2014 European Showdown Championship

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Finland’s Hanna Vilmi and Sweden’s Elvira Sjöblom have qualified through to the women’s singles final at 2014 European Showdown Championship in Sweden. The bronze medal match has already been completed, with Finland’s Jaana Pesari taking on Slovenia’s Sanja Kos, and going five matches, 3 – 11, 12 – 8, 5 – 11, and 7 – 12. Kos prevailed at the end of the day.




Vilmi beat Pesari to qualify through from the semi-finals while Sjöblom beat Kos. In quarter final play, Vilmi easily defeated Slovene Tanja Oraníc by scored of 11 – 6, 11 – 2, and 11 – 5. In group play, Vilmi beat Germany’s Sabrina Schmitz 4 – 11 and 3 – 11, Denmark’s Anni Bach Pedersen by scores of 11 – 2 and 11 – 9 and Finland’s Heidi Torn 11 – 3 and 11 – 6. Meanwhile, Elvira Sjöblom defeated Germany’s Antje Samoray in the quarter finals. In group play, Sjöblom beat France’s Sévrine Mesnil 11 – 5 and 11 – 5, and Denmark’s Anja S. V. Svendsen 12 – 8 and 13 – 10.
There are 33 men, and 24 women competing from twelve different countries, including Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Poland, France, and Latvia.


Showdown is a sport for the blind and visually impaired.  It is similar to table tennis and air hockey. The sport has a long history of being played recreationally at major disability sporting events including the Paralympic Games and World Youth Games.  Over 30 nations have players competing in the sport.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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