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