Tokyo Paralympics: Paul Karabardak and Tom Matthews win para-table tennis bronze – NewsEverything Wales

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Tom Matthews (top) was ruled out of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio due to injury
Tom Matthews (high) was dominated out of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio resulting from damage

Wales’ Paul Karabardak and Tom Matthews each received para-table tennis bronze medals on the Tokyo Paralympics.

Karabardak, 35, was overwhelmed by American Ian Seidenfeld in his males’s class 6 semi-final early on Saturday.

At his first Paralympics, 29-year-old Matthews additionally received bronze within the males’s class 1 after his semi-final defeat to South Korea’s Kim Hyeon Uk.

“It is my first Video games so I’ve obtained to be happy with coming dwelling with a medal,” stated Matthews.

“I believed I used to be solely going to win a match however right here I’m a Paralympic medallist in my first Video games.

“It has been a large expertise – the workforce has been wonderful and I have been so proud to be a part of ParalympicsGB.”

In contrast to Matthews, Karabardak was competing at his fourth Paralympics, and says lastly successful a medal “completes my profession”.

Karabardak stated: “Even when I used to be at my finest and even when I used to be recent I feel I might have struggled to stay with him the way in which he was taking part in as we speak.

“However it’s unbelievable to have gotten that bronze medal, and it means everything to me.

“I believed it was slipping away so it’s a dream for me as a result of I’ve received quite a bit in my profession and I’ve had some good wins and I’ve received World and European medals nevertheless it would not have been the profession I might have wished and not using a Paralympic medal and now I’ve obtained one so I feel it completes my profession.”

Karabardak has the possibility so as to add a second Paralympic medal as he will probably be reunited with males’s class 7 finalist and defending champion Will Bayley within the males’s 6-7 workforce occasion.

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