By James Crook

152823650March 24 - London 2012 silver medallist Will Bayley went one better to take gold at the Lignano Para Table Tennis Open Championships as stars from last summer's Paralympics stole the show at the Adriatic coastal resort in Northern Italy.

The 25-year-old Bayley defeated Ukrainian Maxym Nikolenko - who he also overcame to reach the final at London 2012 - in the final to take the gold medal in the men's singles class 7.

Elsewhere, Paralympic champions Tommy Urhaug of Norway and Poland's Patryk Chojnowski won their respective classes, but there was a shock in the men's singles Class 1 as Germany's Paralympic champion Holger Nikelis had to settle for silver after losing to Austria's Andreas Vevera in the final.

Germany did take gold however, as London 2012 bronze medallist Thomas Schmidberger defeated Austrian Egon Kramminger in the men's singles class 3.

151151953Norway's Tommy Urhaug continued his form from London 2012 to take gold in Lignano

In the women's singles, Sweden's reigning Paralympic champion Anna-Carin Ahlquist won gold in the women's singles class 3, defeating Fanny Bertrand of France in the final, and there was success for other Paralympic gold medallists as Serbia's Borislava Peric Rankovic won the Women's Singles Class 4-5, and Kelly Van Zon of the Netherlands claimed the women's singles Class 7 title.

Also, Beijing 2008 Olympian Sandra Paovic of Croatia won gold in the women's singles class 6, defeating  Ukraine's Antonina Khodzinska in the final.

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