Feng Panfeng celebrates after winning the sixth Paralympic title of his career ©Getty Images

China’s Feng Panfeng captured the sixth Paralympic title of his career after withstanding a stirring fightback from Germany's Thomas Schmidberger to win an epic men’s table tennis singles C3 final at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics here.

Feng looked in complete control, reeling off nine straight points on his way to establishing a two-game lead, but Schmidberger refused to roll over and almost pulled off an unlikely victory.

Schmidberger came from behind to lead 6-4 in the decider, before Feng used all his experience to battle back and complete a thrilling 11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 4-11, 11-9 win.

It was Feng’s fourth straight singles C3 title, following wins at Rio 2016, London 2012 and Beijing 2008.

Feng will now look to secure a seventh Paralympic crown when he competes in the team competition.

The 31-year-old did not take long to settle into the match against Schmidberger as he burst into a 7-3 lead in the opening game.

Schmidberger battled hard but Feng kept his nose in front, winning a 25-stroke rally to move 9-7 ahead, before going on to seal the first game 11-9 with a powerful forehand.

After narrowly losing the first game, Schmidberger hit straight back by winning the opening three points of the second.

Feng then put together a run of nine successive points to regain control as Schmidberger pushed a series of shots long.

Despite losing the second game 11-4, Schmidberger found his feet and was now going toe-to-toe with Feng.

With the third game level at 3-3, Schmidberger found an extra gear as he powered into a 9-4 lead.

Ian Seidenfeld powered to a straight-game victory at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium ©Getty Images
Ian Seidenfeld powered to a straight-game victory at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium ©Getty Images

Feng managed to win the next two points but then pushed a backhand wide to give his opponent four game points.

Schmidberger missed the first two before Feng's service return went long as the German took the game 11-8.

Feng was suddenly under all sorts of pressure, his error count ballooning while Schmidberger cranked up the heat.

Schmidberger took the fourth 11-4 in impressive fashion and made a strong start to the decider.

Feng trailed 6-4, before crucially clipping the edge of the table with what proved to be a decisive shot.

The Chinese star drew level at 6-6 and 7-7 before stepping up again to take a 9-7 lead.

Schmidberger closed the gap to 9-8 only to net the next point, giving Feng two match points.

The German saved the first but pushed the next long as Feng celebrated a sixth Paralympic gold.

The bronze medals went to Jenson van Emburgh of the United States and China’s Zhai Xiang.

China did not have to wait long for another gold as Liu Jing secured the seventh Paralympic title of her glittering career.

Liu won the women's singles C1-2 title for the fourth successive Games after overcoming Yeon Seo of South Korea with a 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8 triumph.

Nadezhda Pushpasheva of RPC and Olivier da Silver of Brazil also secured places on the podium after they both reached the semi-finals.

Laurens Devos regained his men's singles C9 crown with an impressive victory ©Getty Images
Laurens Devos regained his men's singles C9 crown with an impressive victory ©Getty Images

Belgium's Laurens Devos came from a game down to beat four-times Paralympic champion Ma Lin of Australia to retain his men's singles C9 title.

Lin edged a closely-fought opening game, but as soon as his performance dipped, Devos seized his chance.

Devos overpowered his vastly-experienced opponent, storming to a 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-3 triumph.

Ivan Mai of Ukraine and Iurii Nozdrunov of RPC bagged bronze medals after losing to Lin and Devos in the semi-finals respectively.

Ian Seidenfeld of the United States swept to the men's singles C6 title with a straight games win over Peter Rosenmeier of Denmark.

The American oozed confidence, combining great defensive skills with clinical finishes as he dispatched Rosenmeier.

Paul Karabardak of Britain lost in straight sets to Seidenfeld but picked up a bronze medal alongside fellow semi-finalist Rungroj Thainiyom of Thailand.

Elena Prokofeva of RPC completed a four-game victory over France's Lea Ferney to seal gold in the women's singles C11.

Aside from a dip in the second, Prokofeva proved too strong as she won 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5.

The bronze medals went to Hong Kong’s Ting Ting Wong and Japan’s Maki Ito.