16-year-old cerebral palsy athlete makes Paralympic history |


Belgium’s Laurens Devos has made history in Rio to become the youngest ever Paralympic Games table tennis champion, at 16 years and 28 days old, with his victory in the Men’s Class 9 Gold medal match held on Sunday at Riocentro Pavilion 3.

The young Belgian who has cerebral palsy, made his international debut only in 2014 and claimed double Gold, in Class 9 Singles and Team event at the 2015 European Para Table Tennis Championships. Devos was pumped for a Paralympic title at Rio 2016, braving his way through to Gold without dropping a single game throughout the tournament.

In the historic Gold medal match against Netherland’s Gerben Last, Devos continued his domineering form to win 3-0 (11-8, 11-7, 11-4) and claim his first Paralympic Gold.

“This is a surprise. My goal was a medal, but it is a gold medal, so that’s better than a medal. I didn’t expect to win again 3-0, but yeah, I did it,” shared the newly crowned Paralympic Champion.

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