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Croatia wins second medal at Paralympics in Tokyo

1 September 2021 – Croatia has picked up another medal at the Paralympics in Tokyo today. 

Anđela Mužinić and Helena Dretar Karić have won the bronze medal in the women’s table tennis. 

The Croatians lost their semi-final match to South Korea 2-0 which means they have to settle for the bronze medal. 

Anđela and Helena now have a bronze medal to go with their silver they won in Rio in 2016 when they lost in the final. 

“This time it didn’t go, they were too strong for us,” Helena said. 

“Nevertheless, we have to be happy and proud of this bronze medal,” the 42-year-old from Varaždin added. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Anđela was a volleyball until she was thirteen. However, after a car accident in 2006, she ended up in a wheelchair. Helena, a talented handball playe, experienced a similar fate, but at the age of 17 she was hit by a car as a pedestrian and has been in a wheelchair ever since.

This is Croatia’s second medal at the Paralympics after Velimir Šandor won the silver in the men’s discus. 

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