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No medals for Ph Paralympians

By JOSE EMMANUEL UNTALAN OLYMPIC VILLAGE, LONDON—The nine-athlete Philippine delegation to the 2012 Paralympic Games here is returning home empty handed after 11 days of intense competitions, and is not expecting any fanfare when they arrive.

Sep 9, 2012

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Coach Joel Deriada (2nd from left) with Ph Paralympians Isidro Vildosola, Roger Tapia, and Andy Avellana. Photo by RYAN ESTEVES.
Coach Joel Deriada (2nd from left) with Ph Paralympians Isidro Vildosola, Roger Tapia, and Andy Avellana. Photo by RYAN ESTEVES.

By JOSE EMMANUEL UNTALAN

OLYMPIC VILLAGE, LONDON—The nine-athlete Philippine delegation to the 2012 Paralympic Games here is returning home empty handed after 11 days of intense competitions, and is not expecting any fanfare when they arrive.

The country’s Paralympians failed to get any medals in their final events, with the best of them unable to get past sixth place.

Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, the 2000 Paralympic games bronze medalist and the team’s best shot at a medal, landed sixth after managing to lift 120 kg in the Women’s Powerlifting +82.50 kg Group A.

Table tennis Paralympian Josephine Medina got closest to winning a bronze, but lost it to Sweden’s Josefin Abrahamsson in the Women’s Singles – Class 8 Finals, losing 0-3 in a very tight 3-game match, 9-11; 10-12; and 11-13.

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