PH paralympian loses in bronze medal match


Posted at Sep 03 2012 03:29 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2012 02:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines are still without a medal in the 2012 London Paralympic Games after Josephine Medina lost in the bronze medal match of table tennis Monday.

Medina lost in straight sets to Sweden’s Josefin Abrhamsson, 9-11, 10-12 and 11-13, in the battle for third place.

The match finished in just 29 minutes as Medina failed to force a fourth set. She led 11-10 late in the third, only to see her Swede opponent rack up three straight points to take the bronze.

Medina lost to France’s Thu Kamkasomphou in the semi-finals to set up the bronze medal match against Abrhamsson. Kamkasomphou, eventually, lost to China’s Jingdian Mao, 1-3, in the gold medal match.

Medina competed in Class 8 of table tennis. Class 6-10 are for “athletes with a physical impairment who compete from a standing position,” according to the official Olympic website.

The lower the number, the greater the impact of the impairment on the athlete’s ability.

The Philippines’ lone medal in the Paralympics came in the 2000 Games in Sydney, when Adelina Dumapong won a bronze in powerlifting.

The country’s 11-man delegation to the Olympic Games last month failed to bring home a single medal. – With a report from ANC.