17-year-old Hong Kong table tennis athlete wins bronze at Tokyo Paralympics

Table tennis player Wong Ting-ting, 17, won bronze in the women’s singles event. Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee
Table tennis player Wong Ting-ting, 17, won bronze in the women’s singles event. Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee

Hong Kong has earned its first medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games with a bronze in a table tennis event.

Wong Ting-ting, 17, beat a player on the Russian Paralympic Committee team to win third place in the women’s singles table tennis event on Saturday.

Making her debut at the games, Wong said her aim was just to qualify for the Olympics and that the win is “completely unexpected.”

The table tennis player thanked her coach and family members for their support.

Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee
Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee

Wong is among the 24 athletes that Hong Kong fielded to the Paralympics this year. The athletes will compete in sports including archery, badminton, athletics, fencing and equestrian.

Among the team are boccia player Leung Yuk-wing, who has won three Olympic gold medals and one silver, and fencer Alison Yu Chui-yee, who has 11 medals under her belt.

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Hong Kong has won a total of 126 medals at the Paralympics Games since the city began participating in the international event in 1972.

The Paralympics kicked off on Aug. 24, two weeks after the closing of the games that delivered Hong Kong’s most successful Olympics yet.

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