Fabien Lamirault of France recovered from a faltering start at the Para European Table Tennis Championships in Sweden to claim the class 2 title – and the Tokyo 2020 place on offer to all gold medallists.
The top seed and reigning Paralympic Games and world champion lost the opening two games of his quarter-final against Spain's Iker Sastre, before recovering to win the next three in the Helsingborg Arena.
The Frenchman didn't look back today, however, pushing on to take gold with a 3-0 win over Poland’s Rafał Czuper
Jean-Paul Montanus of The Netherlands won the men's class 7 gold with an 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 win over Croatia's Pavao Jozic, who had won his semi-final against Sweden's Nicklas Westerberg – who defeated Britain's Rio 2016 champion Will Bayley in the quarter-finals.
Bayley's compatriot Ross Wilson, the reigning world and Commonwealth Games champion and number two seed in class 8, was beaten by Maksym Nikolenko in the quarter-finals, and the Ukrainian went on to reach the final.
However, he lost out 3-2 to compatriot Viktor Didukh, who battled back from two games down.
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David Wetherill had lifted British spirits on day two as he accounted for Spain's Alvaro Valera, the top seed and defending champion, in class 6.
But Wetherill lost his semi-final 3-0 to Romania's Bobi Simion, who in turn lost the final to Denmark's Peter Den Rosenmeier 11-5, 11-7, 11-8.
In class 4, Poland’s Rafal Lis, who also upset the odds in the quarter-finals as he ousted defending champion Maxime Thomas of France, suffered the same fate as Wetherill, beaten in the semi-finals 3-2 by Nesim Turan.
The latter went on to take silver, defeated by compatriot Abdullah Ozturk 3-2.
Anna-Carin Ahlquist of Sweden won the women’s singles class 3 title with a 3-1 victory over Italy's Michela Brunelli.
In the women's singles class 7 final, Kelly Van Zon of The Netherlands beat Turkey's Kubra Korkut 3-2.