Paralympic bronze medalist Josephine Medina dies at 51

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 2) — 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics bronze medalist Josephine Medina has died, the Philippine Sports Commission confirmed on its social media account. She was 51.

Medina is one of only two Filipino medalists in the quadrennial event after powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta won bronze in the Sydney, Australia edition in 2000.

The table tennis player also won gold in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games and four gold medals in the 2008 edition.

In the continental level, Medina was a silver medalist in the 2010 and 2018 Asian Para Games. She took home bronze in the 2014 edition.

Medina was afflicted with polio when she was just eight months old.

Medina's death came in the middle of the Philippines' campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics and on the third death anniversary of fellow table tennis player and Olympian Ian Lariba.