Egypt’s Ibrahim Hamadtou has captured the imaginations and hearts of Paralympic fans at Tokyo 2020, with his distinctly unique table tennis playing style.
Hamadtou, who lost both his arms at the age of 10, competes at table tennis, balancing the paddle in his mouth.
Fans were left stunned by how he tosses the ball up on serve with his foot and generates remarkable spin on the ball, despite his lack of arms.
He played South Korea’s Park Hong-ku in the Class 6 qualifiers on Wednesday.
Class 6 is open to athletes who can stand but have impairments to their arms and legs.
The 48-year-old made his Paralympics debut at 43 and he provides stiff competition for those he faces.
However, he was beaten by Park in straight sets, losing 11-6 11-4 11-9.
Park, a gold medallist at the 2014 Asian Para Games, suffered cervical spine damage that impaired his upper and lower body movement in an industrial accident in 2005.