Albay native score PH's 1st win in Paralympics


Posted at Aug 31 2012 05:13 PM | Updated as of Sep 01 2012 07:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A table tennis player registered the first win for the Philippines in the ongoing Paralympics in London.

Forty-two year old Josephine Medina notched a victory over Jane Rodriguez of Brazil in the table tennis event.

She defeated the Brazilian in 3 sets, 11-4, 11-6 and 11-9.

The Albay native lost earlier against second-seed Mao Jing Dian of China in 3 sets.

With a 1-1 card, Josephine needs to win on Friday, 4pm London time (11 p.m. in Manila) against Aida Dahlen of Norway to enter the semifinal round.

Dahlen is third in the rankings, while Medina is 5th.

Medina lost to Dahlen in the recently-concluded French Open with a final score of 3-1.

Medina's coach Joseph Reyes is hopeful his ward can duplicate the feat in the Paralympics.

In the other events, two other Filipinos, Achelle Guion and Agustine Kitam will see action in powerlifting, also at the Excel arena.

Roger Tapia will also see action in the 200-meter run. -- Danny Buenafe, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau