David Jacobs bags Indonesia's third medal at 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

David Jacobs bags Indonesia's third medal at 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

Indonesian para table tennis athlete David Jacobs competes at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday (August 28, 2021). (ANTARA/HO/NPC Indonesia)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia has won its third medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, with David Jacobs bagging bronze in the men's 10th class individual para-table tennis final.

He secured the bronze after losing to his French opponent Mateo Boheas in the semi-final at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon (Japan Standard Time), with a score of 2-3 (9-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5, 8-11).

The bronze medal was directly contested in the semi-finals, thus Jacobs did not have to compete for the third position.

He pocketed the medal along with Montenegrin representative Filip Radovid who lost to the tournament’s first seed Patryk Chojnowski from Poland with a 1-3 score (11-13, 11-9, 4-11, 9-11).

Several hours prior to the semi-final, Jacobs faced a tough match in the quarter-final against Chinese para-athlete Lian Hao, before finally winning with a score of 3-2 (11-6, 22-10, 6-11, 10-12, 17-15).

Therefore, Jacobs’ stamina had already drained before he faced Boheas at the semifinal, deputy secretary general of Indonesian National Paralympic Committee and Indonesian para-table tennis coach, Rima Ferdianto said.

However, Jacobs still has the opportunity to bag another medal as he and Komet Akbar will compete in the men's team para-table tennis class 9-10, Ferdianto added.

According to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics official website, they will compete in the round of 16 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Jacobs’ medal was the second bronze for Indonesia at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Earlier, Ni Nengah Widiasihwon had won a silver medal in the 41-kg class powerlifting and Saptoyogo Purnomo won a bronze in the men's T37 100 meter race.

The bronze is Jacobs’ second medal in the Paralympics: he had earlier won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Paralympics.

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