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Watch Egypt’s Hamadtou in action, the only table tennis player who has no hands

world Updated: Sep 10, 2016 12:57 IST
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Egypt's Ibrahim Hamadtou competes in table tennis at the Riocentro during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP)

Egypt’s Ibrahim Hamadtou can swing a table tennis racket as well as the next Paralympian, but that’s not what makes him a sensation: Hamadtou holds the racket between his teeth.

While the Rio Paralympics are full of stories of men and women who have trained their impaired bodies to compete at the highest level, Hamadtou, who lost both arms above the elbow in a childhood train accident, stands apart as the only table tennis player even to try the feat.

Although he lost in his Paralympic debut, falling to the highly rated British world number four, David Wetherill, and then to Germany’s Thomas Rau, the wiry 43-year-old said he was elated.

“I’m just happy that I could come from Egypt to be here at the Paralympics and to play against a champion,” he told AFP. (AFP)

“I can’t express what my heart is feeling: I’m too happy,” Egypt's Ibrahim Hamadtou said after competing in table tennis at the Riocentro during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP)

He was invited as a guest to the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

Ibrahim Hamadtao in action at Perfect 2016 World TeamTable Tennis Championships Shah Alam Malaysia

His match against Thomas RAU of Germany during Rio Paralympics