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Australia’s Ma Lin one step closer to his first Australian gold in Tokyo

Australian table tennis star Ma Lin has finally broken his duck against world No.6 Mohamed Kalem with a straight sets win at the Paralympics in Tokyo.

Lin, the world No.3 who lost his right arm as a child in a bear attack, had never been able to produce a win over Italian star Kalem.

When the two met in the quarter-finals of the Rio Paralympics in 2016, Lin went down in five sets, with the result costing him the chance to defend his gold medal.

But he got a slice of revenge on Thursday when he posted a 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 victory in his second pool game.

The result gave Lin two wins from two appearances in Tokyo.

And given that the match against Kalem was going to be Lin’s toughest of the pool stage, the pressure has now eased slightly on him.

“I feel really good, I played really well today because I had a good preparation thanks to our team who had the match analysis for me,” Lin said.

“Everything feels perfect, I am in good form and in a good mood.”

Meanwhile, Australia’s women’s basketball team, the Gliders, suffered their second loss of the Paralympics. The team lost to Germany 77 points to 58.

Australia topped the medal tally on day one of the Tokyo Paralympics, winning six gold medals, a silver and three bronze.

Australia will be eyeing more opportunities in the pool and the velodrome today.

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