PH Paralympian bags table tennis bronze, ends 16-year medal drought

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Josephine Medina defeats Germany's Juliane Wolf for the Philippines' first Paralympic medal since 2000

PARALYMPIC MEDALIST. Josephine Medina clinches the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Photo from ITTF.com

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines won its first medal at the 2016 Paralympics after Josephine Medina defeated Germany’s Juliane Wolf, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, to claim the bronze in the table tennis women’s singles class 8 division on Monday, September 12 (Tuesday, September 13 in Manila) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 46-year-old Medina, a polio victim, overcame the 2015 European Para Championships silver medalist to improve from her fourth place finish in the 2012 London Games.

Medina’s win ends a 16-year Paralympic medal drought for the Philippines, which also saw its 20-year dry spell snapped after weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz snared a silver in the Rio Summer Olympics a month ago.

China’s Mao Jingdian clinched her second straight gold medal in the event after defeating Thu Kamkasimphou of France, 11-6, 11-8, 11-2.

This is the second Paralympic medal for the Philippines after Adeline Dumapong won a bronze in powerlifting in the 2000 Sydney Games. – Rappler.com