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Bruna Alexandre and Danielle Rauen had one of the most anticipated finals of the Paralympic Table Tennis Open. The Brazilians, who are in the top-10 of the world rankings in their categories, decided on the gold medal in the 9-10 class this Friday (2). Bruna won with 3-0 on the scoreboard. Brazil even won more medals.
First Brazilian Paralympic athlete in history to compete in the Pan American Games and guaranteeing a place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Bruna Alexandre asserted her favoritism and beat Danielle Rauen with splits of 11/7, 11/5 and 11/5. In the semifinals, Bruna defeated Tian Shiau Wen, while Danielle eliminated Lin Tzu Yu, both from Chinese Taipei.
Brazilian double in class 3
Just like Bruna and Danielle, Joyce Oliveira and Thais Severo finished in the top two positions in class 3. Unlike other categories, this class was held in a single group instead of a qualifying phase and then the elimination bracket.
On Thursday (1st), the two faced each other in the opening of the group. Joyce Oliveira won 3-1 (11/7, 6/11, 11/7 and 13/11). Today, she defeated compatriot Marliane Santos and Costa Rican Fiorella Padilla to win gold. Like Joyce, Thais also defeated the other two opponents to take silver.
Other medals from Brazil
The first Brazilian medal of the day at the Paralympic Table Tennis Open came with Guilherme Costa, who won bronze in class 2. In class 5, Lucas Arabian and Cadu Moraes lost the semi-finals to opponents from the top-10 ranking and took the bronze. In 7, Paulo Henrique Fonseca also lost in the semi and took bronze.
Also played in a single group, the women’s 1-2 class ended with Juliana Silva taking the silver medal. In women’s class 8, Sophia Kelmer was beaten in the final by Japan’s Yuri Tomono and took silver. Like Sophia, Lethicia Lacerda lost to Tomono in the semifinals and the Brazilian took bronze.
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