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Paralympic Sports: Table Tennis

Pino receives Allianz Athlete of the Month for November

The 19-year-old table tennis player won four gold medals over three tournaments. 13 Dec 2016
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Matias Pino of Chile

Chilean table tennis player Matias Pino

ⒸThomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC
By IPC

Chilean teenage table tennis player Matias Nicolas Pino Lorca has received the Allianz Athlete of the Month honour for November after his outstanding performances over three tournaments.

The 19-year-old won five medals (four golds) at the Copa Chile, Copa Tango Junior and Copa Tango XIV. He captured the singles class 6-7 title and team bronze medal at the Copa Chile, dominated his singles class at the junior competition and then took golds in both the singles and team events at the Copa Tango XIV.

Pino received 72 per cent of the public vote. Dutch snowboarder Chris Vos was second with 11 per cent. South Korean dance couple Youngho Lee and Youngseon Park were third (9 per cent), followed by Finnish snowboarder Matti Suur-Hamari (6 per cent) and Italian wheelchair fencer Beatrice Vio (2 per cent).

The 2016 winners so far are:

January – Abdullah Sultan Alaryani, United Arab Emirates, shooting

February – Andrey Smirnov, Russia, wheelchair curling

March – Stephen McGuire, Great Britain, boccia

April – Carlos Serrano, Colombia, swimming

May – Shelby Watson, Great Britain, athletics

June – Elena Krawzow, Germany, swimming

July – Richard Whitehead, Great Britain, athletics

August – Ekrem Gundogdu, Turkey, goalball

September (Best Male) – Siamand Rahman, Iran, powerlifting

September (Best Female) – Sareh Javanmardidodmani, Iran, shooting

September (Best Team) – Brazil, boccia BC3 team

October – Emanuele Lambertini, Italy, wheelchair fencing

November – Matias Nicolas Pino Lorca, Chile, table tennis