23.02.2020 - Vienna, Austria
They spent nearly two years separated, but it seemed almost as if they’ve always been together when they won the Asian Championship last weekend in Thailand. If any questions about how good they are as a team were still up in the air, Australians Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann certainly answered them with a strong campaign to win the World Tour two-star event in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Aussies, who were forced to split shortly after their victory at the 2018 Commonwealth Games due to a decision of the Australian Federation, topped the podium in the Cambodian tournament with a 21-16, 30-28 win over Austrians Alexander Huber and Christopher Dressler.
The gold medal won in Phnom Penh was the second for the Aussies, who had first won in their home sand of Shepparton in 2017, and the third for the 30-year-old McHugh and the 32-year-old Schumann, who also have a silver at the same Australian city in 2018.
German qualifiers Lukas Pfretzschner and Robin Sowa claimed bronze following a 21-18, 17-21, 24-22 triumph over Austrians Laurenz Leitner and Florian Schnetzer.
After a one-week break following the tournament in Cambodia the World Tour will resume with a pair of simultaneous events as the men are scheduled to play a three-star tournament in Bandar Abbas, Iran, from March 3-7, while the women will compete in one-star in Guam from March 5-8.