Table tennis athlete Wong Ting-ting has won Hong Kong’s first medal at the Paralympic Games.
The 17-year-old – the world’s No. 3 – secured bronze after winning the first of a best-of-five match against the world’s No.1, Elena Prokofeva.
Wong beat the Russian Paralympic Committee representative 11-9 in the first game, but then lost 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 to the 50-year-old.
“Wong Ting-ting made her debut at the Paralympic Games marvellously and outperformed veteran players, winning the first medal for Hong Kong at the Games,” said Chief Executive Carrie Lam in a press release. “We are delighted and thrilled. Given her strong will and exceptional talent, I believe that she will reach new heights of sporting glory.”
Wheelchair fencer Yu Chui-yee also entered the top 8 in the women’s foil and could win a medal later on Saturday.
A total of 24 Hong Kong representatives are competing in eight sports at the games, including archery, athletics, boccia, equestrian, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and badminton.
The Tokyo Paralympics come two weeks after Hong Kong celebrated record-breaking success at the Olympic Games, where “Fencing God” Edgar Cheung Ka-long ended the city’s 25-year gold medal draught by winning the men’s foil individual event.
Swimmer Siobhan Haughey bagged two historic silvers, while the women’s table tennis team, karate star Grace Lau and cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze earned bronze medals.