Medina bags 2 golds in Thailand Open Para Table Tennis


Paralympian Josephine Medina copped two gold medals in the 2014 Thailand Open Para Table Tennis held in Pattaya, Thailand.

Medina, who wound up fourth overall in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, dominated the women’s singles event of the Class 8—an event for athletes with physical impairment.

“It’s really hard work, rigid training and discipline that matter to achieve our goals not only in our sport but in life as a general,” said Medina who has been an inspiration to other people especially those differently-able athletes.

“We don’t get enough financial support. But the passion to represent our country, for the love and honor to our country and for the love of the sport are the reasons why I’m doing still this despite lack of support,” she said.

Medina then connived with three other foreign players in winning the team mixed event gold medal in the Class 6-10 category of the tournament participated in by Australia, Ukraine, Japan, Russia, New Zealand, India, US, Denmark, Iraq, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Macau, South Korea, Lebanon, France, Germany and host Thailand.

“Due to limited number of participants in our category, the organizers opted to create teams from different countries and I’m happy that our team won the gold medal,” added Medina, a multi-gold medalist in the 2014 Asean Para Games held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

Last year, she won a silver in the 2nd Mike Dempsey Memorial Table Tennis Championships in San Diego, California and two silvers in the Korea Open in Incheon.


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