Hong Kong table tennis player Wong Ting-ting claimed Hong Kong’s first medal of the Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday (August 28). Currently world number three, the 17-year-old secured a bronze medal after winning the first game of the best-of-five match against world’s number one Elena Prokofev from the Russian Paralympic Committee. Wong took the first game 11-9, but lost the next three 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 to Prokofev. Despite Wong missed out on the gold medal match, her medal has made the whole city proud with her dedication and great performances as seen in the matches.
“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.”
Speaking to the press after winning the bronze medal, Wong said, “My original objective was to qualify for the knockout rounds, so getting the bronze has already exceeded all expectations. I’m very happy, very happy.” She also thanked her coach Chan Hui who had to rush between tables as his athletes competed simultaneously in different group matches.