Bruna Alexandre wins gold at the Brazilian Table Tennis Paralympic Open in CT

Bruna Alexandre wins gold at the Brazilian Table Tennis Paralympic Open in CT
Bruna Alexandre wins gold at the Brazilian Table Tennis Paralympic Open in CT
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The Santa Catarina Bruna Alexandre (class 10) won the gold medal in International Paralympic Table Tennis Open Factor 40, in dispute at the Paralympic Training Center, in São Paulo, from Thursday, 1st, to Sunday, 4th.

In total, the country ended the second day of competition with eleven medals, two gold, four silver and five bronze.

The Brazilian Open is the first official competition of the sport in 2024. The Championship features 157 athletes from 19 countries. Factor 40 events are those that distribute the highest number of points in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) world rankings. Brazil has not hosted a championship with this score since the open held in Brasília, in 2009.

Bruna’s title came in a dispute against another from Santa Catarina Danielle Rauen (class 9), in a multiclass final. Bruna won by 3 sets to 0 (partials of 11/7, 11/5 and 11/5). In addition to Bruna, another Brazilian became champion this Friday. The São Paulo Joyce Oliveira He was at the top of the single group in class 3 and won the individual gold medal.

“I would like to thank the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) and the Brazilian Table Tennis Confederation (CBTM) for all their support. Initially, I wasn’t going to participate in the Open, because if I didn’t win, I could lose a lot of points in the rankings. In the year of the Paralympic Games, it is very important to be in the top-4, which puts me directly in the quarter-finals. Even so, I trusted a lot in working with my coach, Paulo Camargo, and came to play”, said Bruna, currently second in the international rankings.

Silver medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Bruna was also elected Female Athlete of 2023 at the Paralympics Awardpromoted by CPB in December.

The Brazilian Open also brought Bruna the replay of an important match in her career: “In the semi-final, I beat Tian [Shiau Wen], who had won at the Tokyo Games and I had a lot of celebration. I had lost to her at the Italian Open last year, I was choking on that game. Playing with so much to lose is not easy, but these months of training made all the difference,” she said.

Danielle, silver medalist, also celebrated her performance at the Brazilian Open. “I finished the year very well in 2023, guaranteeing my place in Paris with the title in Santiago Parapan American Games. Now, we are doing some groundwork. And starting with such an important championship is something very good for the rest of the cycle. I won matches against two opponents from Taiwan who play in a higher class. So, I got a lot of points. That’s what I’m looking for to get to Paris well and have an easier path”, added the table tennis player.

Another Brazilian silver was won by Rio’s Sophia Kelmer, who had a hard-fought final with Japan’s Yuri Tomono. Opponent’s victory by 3 sets to 2 (12/10, 11/13, 11/9, 8/11 and 11/9). In addition to Danielle and Sophia, Thais Severo (class 3) and Juliana Silva (classes 1-2) were also runners-up in the tournament.

The first medal on Brazil’s day was won by Amazonian Guilherme Costa, number 11 in the world rankings in class 2. He took bronze after being beaten by the British Christopher Ryan, in the semi-finals, by 3 sets to 2, in a very balanced game.

Table tennis players Lucas Arabian and Cadu Moraes, both in class 5, also secured bronze medals this Friday afternoon.

In the semifinal, Lucas faced his opponent Cheng Ming Chih, from Taiwan, who beat him by 3 sets to 0, with scores of 11/8, 11/3 and 11/2. Cadu, in turn, faced Frenchman Nicolas Savant-Aira, who also won by 3 sets to 0, with splits of 11/8, 11/7 and 11/7.

The fourth bronze medalist was Paulo Henrique Fonseca from Santa Catarina, in class 7. He was beaten in the semifinals by Frenchman Stephane Messi. The European won the game 3 sets to 1 in the semi-finals. In the previous phase, Paulo had beaten fellow Brazilian Israel Stroh, silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Finally, Lethicia Lacerda (class 8) from Goiás also took the podium. She won the bronze after losing in the semifinals to the Japanese Yuri Tomono, the same one who beat Sophia in the decision, by 3 sets to 0 (11/8, 11/9 and 11/6).

The competition is broadcast live on YouTube channel of the Brazilian Table Tennis Confederation (CBTM).

*With information from the Brazilian Table Tennis Confederation (CBTM)

Sponsorship
Loterias Caixa is the official sponsor of table tennis.

Caixa Lottery Program for High Level Athletes
Athlete Bruna Alexandre is a member of the Loterias Caixa High Level Athletes Program, an individual sponsorship program by Loterias Caixa that benefits 91 athletes.

Team São Paulo
The athletes Bruna Alexandre is a member of Team São Paulo, a partnership between the CPB and the São Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of People with Disabilities, which benefits 106 athletes from 14 sports.

Communications Office of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee ([email protected])

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