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Paralympics table tennis event: semifinal of women's individual

2008-09-10 06:52:25 GMT2008-09-10 14:52:25 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Natalia Partyka of Poland returns the ball during a semifinal of women's individual (Class F10) against Michala la Bourdonnaye of Czech at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games table tennis event on Sept. 10, 2008. Partyka won 3-0 and advanced to the final.

Gu Gai of China celebrates in a semifinal of women's individual (Class F5) against Andrea Zimmerer of Germany at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games table tennis event on Sept. 10, 2008. Gu Gai won 3-1 and advanced to the final.(Xinhua Photo)

Ren Guixiang of China returns a shot in a semifinal of women's individual (Class F5) against Khetam Abuawad of Jordan at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games table tennis event on Sept. 10, 2008. Ren Guixiang won 3-0 and advanced to the final. (Xinhua Photo)

Natalia Partyka of Poland serves the ball during a semifinal of women's individual (Class F10) against Michala la Bourdonnaye of Czech at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games table tennis event on Sept. 10, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

Natalia Partyka of Poland waves to spectators after the semifinal of women's individual (Class F10) against Michala la Bourdonnaye of Czech at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games table tennis event on Sept. 10, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

Natalia Partyka of Poland returns the ball during a semifinal of women's individual (Class F10) against Michala la Bourdonnaye of Czech at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games table tennis event on Sept. 10, 2008. Partyka won 3-0 and advanced to the final.

     The 19-year-old Polish player, who was born with a right arm that ends at the elbow, is the Paralympic champion in Athen 2004. Before defending her Paralympic title, she played in the table tennis team event at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, which made her one of only two athletes, along with South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, to compete in both Olympic and Paralympic in Beijing.

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