Josephine Medina bags bronze medal in Rio Paralympics table tennis
Josephine Medina, in her second Paralympics appearance, delivers only the second medal for the Philippines from the quadrennial Games. Photo from

JOSEPHINE Medina of the Philippines made short work of Germany’s Juliane Wolfe, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) to claim the bronze medal in table tennis women’s singles Class 8 at the Rio Paralympics.

Medina scored a quick demolition, needing just six minutes to complete each game, the entire match lasting only 25 minutes.

The Filipina athlete bowed in group play to 21-year-old titleholder Mao Jingdian of powerhouse China, 3-11, 4-11, 6-11, but evened her mark with a hard-earned 11-5, 3-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-8 victory over Aida Husic Dahlen of Norway.

The 46-year-old Medina was beaten in the semifinals by Thu Kamkhasomphou of France, 5-11, 8-11, 9-11.

Mao went on to win her second straight gold, sweeping Thu.

It is the second Paralympic medal for the Philippines after powerlifter Adeline Dumapong also claimed bronze in the 2000 Sydney Games.

Para table tennis Class 8 includes athletes with moderate impairments of the legs, moderate impairments of playing arm, or moderate cerebral palsy, hemiplegia or diplegia.

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