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Two-time Paralympics table tennis player Josephine Medina won the women’s singles class 7-8 gold medal in the 2019 ITTF Para Bangkok Open at the Hua Mark Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday.
Medina defeated Christina Wolf of Australia, 3-0, in the finals to bag the gold.
On her way to the championship game, the Rio Paralympics bronze medalist humbled Indonesians Hamida Hamida, 3-1, in the quarterfinals and Suwarti Suwarti, 3-0, in the semifinals.
The ITTF Bangkok Open is the third Paralympic Qualifying Tournament for Para Table Tennis players to gain ranking points, as only the world’s top 12 will earn slots in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Prior to winning the gold in Thailand, the 49-year old table netter also claimed the women’s singles class 8 silver medal in the Japan Open – the second Paralympic Qualifying Tournament – last August 1-3 in Tokyo.
Medina, an industrial and organizational psychology degree holder from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, is currently ranked seventh in the world. Her victories in Thailand and Japan are expected to boost her further up in the world rankings.
The Oas, Albay native is likewise gearing up for the Asean Para Games to be also held in the Philippines shortly after the 30th SEA Games.
Medina has already won 16 gold, nine silver, and five bronze medals in the Asean Para Games since 2003 and is touted to once again dominate her events in the 10th edition of the biennial games in January 2020.