Brazil experienced mixed fortunes as the table tennis team events got underway in Rio on Wednesday (14 September).
The hosts enjoyed victory in the men’s team class 1-2 event where Marcio da Costa and Iranildo Espindola secured a 2-0 victory over the British pairing of Paul Davies and Rob Davies.
But there was disappointment for Carlos Carbinatti and Diego Moreira in the men’s team class 9-10 event as they fell to defeat at the hands of French pair Cedrik Cabestany and Mateo Boheas, again by a 2-0 scoreline.
The matches were played out in a terrific atmosphere which has become typical of these Paralympic Games, especially when a representative of the host nation is participating.
Espinolda said: “To have the Paralympic Games in our country is fantastic and important. The supporters have given us so much power; since the first day, we have had support.
“We have had so many people in this venue. We are so happy, we want to say thank you to all.”
You can read the full results from yesterday’s qualifying matches on the IPC website.
The team finals will take place on Thursday (15 September) morning.