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No hands, no problem for inspirational Paralympian who stunned fans with his skills in table tennis

By , People Daily Digital
Thursday, August 26th, 2021 13:57 | < 1 min read
Egyptian Ibrahim Hamadtou during the 2020 Paralympic games: PHOTO/COURTESY

Brahim Hamadtou has amazed viewers by playing table tennis with his mouth at the Tokyo 2020 - having lost both his arms at the age of ten.

The Paralympics is full of inspirational sportsmen and women overcoming their disabilities in amazing ways, and fans were wowed by Hamadtou's feat in the Class 6 qualifiers.

Up against South Korea's Park Hong-kyu on Wednesday, the Egyptian showed his skill, with the hugely impressive amount of spin he can put on the ball among his best assets.

Class 6 is open to athletes who can stand but have impairments to their arms and legs.

Hamadtou has put together a stunning career despite losing his arms in a train accident while just a child, meaning he controls the bat with his mouth and sets up serves with his foot.

Having first tucked the bat under where his arm used to be, he went from strength to strength when adopting his mouth technique - and he won silver medals at the 2011 and 2013 African Championships.

The star made his Paralympics debut in Rio at the age of 43 and, now 48, he continues to compete with the best athletes of his class.

On this occasion, Park claimed victory in straight sets, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9.

The Korean, also a veteran of the scene with gold at the 2014 Asian Para Games to his name, suffered cervical spine damage that impaired his upper and lower body movement in an industrial accident in 2005.

Viewers were amazed by the spectacle.

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