Israeli Paralympic Table-Tennis Player Wins Gold in Czech Tournament

Israeli Paralympic table-tennis player Karmit Dor won a gold medal in the Czech Open Championship last weekend, in which 150 athletes participated.

Dor overcame Poland’s Karolina Peck in the Women’s Singles Class 10 final in a close match (4-11, 12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11). Peck went into the tournament ranked third in the world in the light disability class; Dor was ranked second.

“It was a difficult match. Karolina is a strong player,” Dor said. “All the time I tried to attack first; that was my strategy, I never gave up.”

In the doubles games, Dor (who trains at Beit Halochem Tel Aviv and Herzliya) and Anat Siara Sagi (who trains at Beit Halochem Haifa) came in third behind Polish and Japanese duos.

Dor, 24, was asked by the coach of Israel’s regular women’s table-tennis team to fill its fourth slot at the European Championship in Luxembourg, September 13-17.

(via Israel21c)

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