Filipina Josephine Medina fell short of a podium finish in the 2012 Paralympic Games after losing to Josefin Abrahamsson of Sweden, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11, in the bronze medal match of the women’s singles class 8 event of table tennis at the ExCel North Arena in London Sunday.
Medina, a polio victim, reached the semifinal after winning against Jane Rodrigues of Brazil, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9, and Aida Dahlen of Norway, 13-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-5, in the preliminaries.
Her only loss in the round came against Jingdian Mao of China, 7-11, 6-11, 9-11, in her first game.
However, Medina got walloped by Thu Kamkasomphou of France, 3-11, 3-11, 8-11, in the semifinals.
Aside from Medina, eight other Filipinos are competing in this year’s Paralympics. They are Isidro Vildosola (1500-meter run), Roger Tapia (200-meter run), Andy Avellana (high jump) and Marites Burce (javelin throw), and Beariza Ma. Roble (swimming).
Powerlifters Adeline Ancheta (85 kg division), Achelle Guion (48 kg division) and Agustin Kitan (52 kg division) are also part of the biggest delegation the Philippines has sent in the Paralympics joining the quadrennial games in 2000.
The 2012 Paralympic Games, the 14th edition of the sporting event, is held in parallel to the Summer Olympics and features athletes with disabilities.