ParalympicsOfficialAthletesTeam ChinaGame News
OpinionExclusiveSpecialPhotoVideoSidelights
 
 
China continues domination in Beijing Paralymics athletics with three more goldsMexican President congratulates powerlifting gold winner Nothing beats being there, fan discoversEnergized by kindnessTrack joy for determined cyclist Beijing: Sunny 31-18 ℃
 
English>>Sports
Roundup: China sweeps 8 table tennis golds in Paralympics
 + -  
09:41, September 12, 2008

The table tennis tournament at the Beijing Paralympics wrapped up its individual events here on Thursday as China won four more golds, making its total to eight.

The tournament is divided into 10 classes depending on their disabilities. The smaller the number is, the more severe the disability is.

The individual events offered 16 gold medals - eight each for men and women -- after combining several classes into the same categories.

In men's competitions, Chinese Ge Yang beat his teammate Ma Lin in men's class 10 match 3-1, winning his first Paralympic title.

"Mom, dad, I made it! I love you!" Ge burst into tears when he called his family in the mixed zone.

"In 2004, I had a very good chance to win the gold, but I failed, and I have prepared for four years for this moment. During the past four years, I have thought about retiring. I have been through a lot, but I finally made it.

"I am the most hard-working on the team. I know I am not a born table tennis player, and I know I can only improve with tremendous efforts and practice," Ge said.

Chinese Chen Gang in men's class 8 won a gold medal earlier, beating Poland's Piotr Grudzien 3-1.

"Words are not enough to describe the importance of this gold to me," said Chen, who had been a semi-pro table tennis player before he lost his left leg in a car accident.

In the morning's action, Chinese Feng Panfeng triumphed in the men's class 2 final and then dedicated the gold to his coach Heng Xin.

"My coach and I have been working together for over nine years," he said.

Chinese Ye Chaoqun in men's class 7 won a silver, following a 3-1 loss to German Jochen Wollmert.

In the women's class 9 final, Lei Lina downed Liu Meili 3-0 in an all-Chinese championship match.

Five-time Paralympic gold medalist in women's class 8, 51-year-old Zhang Xiaoling, won a bronze for China after beating French Claire Mairie 3-0.

Mairie's teammate, Thu Kamkasomphou helped France win the first gold in the tournament, while Christophe Durand and Vincent Boury added two for France.

Russian Natalia Martyasheva and Yulia Ovsyannikova finished 1-2 in women's class 6-7 competition.

Martyasheva said after the match that it was a "magnificent performance for her," as her teammate had much more international experience than she did.

"They (the gold and silver medals) are very important because table tennis used to be dominated by Asian countries, and there are Chinese and Korean players in the category," Russian coach Nikolay Kirpichnikov said.

"It is important for Russia to have two players in the same final match. It was absolutely a surprise for me," he added.

A seven-time Paralympics veteran, German Rainer Schmidt, finished fourth in men's class 6 in his last international competition. The 43-year-old has decided to retire after the Beijing Games.

Schmidt, who made his Paralympic debut in 1984 in New York, had collected four golds and four silvers in the past six Games.

China tops the table tennis tally with 15 medals including eight golds, followed by France in five and Germany in three.

The team events will take place on Saturday.

Source: Xinhua

Comments Related News
 
 China continues domination in Beijing Paralymics athletics with three more golds
 Day 5: Du Toit clinches third gold, Games hit by more doping offenses
 Video: European Paralympic Committee President visits Beijing
 Video: European Commissioner visits Beijing for Paralympic Games
 Feature: It's never too old to play for para-athletes
 SASCOC hails organization of Beijing Paralympics
 More records tumble as Paralympians excel
 Nicaraguan sports commentators hail China for Paralympics
 Paralympians: sports change our destiny
 British swimmers win first relay at Beijing Paralympics
Send your wishes or comments to Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
1 China 33 37 26 96
2 Great Britain 27 16 14 57
3 USA 18 12 14 44
4 Australia 11 14 14 39
5 Russia 11 12 11 34
Overall Medal Standings
Most Popular News
·Paralympic chief hails ceremony
·Disabled troupers perform "The Thousand Hand Goddess of Mercy"
·"Blade Runner" Pistorius claims title
·Two Olympics, equal splendor
·Give a hand to snap a gold
Latest Photos
Darling, your love means everything
Darling, your love means everything
Latest Videos
Video: PDO exclusive interview with US Paralympics Chef De Mission
Video: PDO exclusive interview with US Paralympics Chef De Mission
Special for You
Learn Chinese
Learn Chinese
Olympic Songs & Videos
Olympic Songs & Videos
What to eat
What to eat
Where to Relax
Where to Relax
Chinese Arts
Chinese Arts
Chinese Festivals
Chinese Festivals
 
Copyright © 1997-2008 by www.people.com.cn. all rights reserved
 
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90779/94835/6498376.pdf