Aussie chasing glory in desk tennis on the Commonwealth Games had his arm bitten off by a BEAR when he was simply 5 years previous – however he is extra petrified of sharks after battling again to win a number of gold medals
Table tennis medal hope Lin Ma had his proper arm ripped off in a bear assault when he was simply 5 years previous – however the three-time Paralympic gold medallist is extra afraid of a distinct animal now.
Born in China however now a naturalised Australian competing for his adopted nation on the Commonwealth Games, he matter-of-factly defined how the ugly episode unfolded as he ready to compete in Birmingham.
‘A brown bear within the zoo, I used to be feeding it,’ he informed the Sydney Morning Herald. ‘But I’m extra petrified of sharks as a result of I like diving.’
He misplaced the limb within the assault close to his residence in provincial China within the mid-Nineties as he caught his hand by a spot within the fence housing the lethal animal, leading to blood loss so extreme he was fortunate to outlive.
Lin Ma says he ‘by no means cried’ regardless of having his arm bitten off by a brown bear he thought was his good friend when he was simply 5 years previous
The a number of Paralympics gold medallist was born right-hand dominant and needed to re-learn how you can do virtually every little thing after shedding the limb – and virtually his life
‘I believed he (the bear) was my good friend as a result of I used to go to the zoo each week to feed him,’ he stated final yr.
‘So I simply determined to achieve out and pat him, however I assume he was not in a great temper that day.
‘I feel I used to be in a little bit of shock however I did not cry. Not as soon as.’
He was saved thanks partly to a bunch of vacationers who rushed him to hospital in a taxi as a result of he wouldn’t have survived the anticipate an ambulance.
Lin solely had one query for his dad and mom when he awoke after surgical procedure: ‘I simply needed to know if I’d nonetheless be capable to get a girlfriend once I was older.
‘They stated “of course” so I used to be pleased.’
Somewhat greater than a decade later, he was enjoying desk tennis on the world championships after taking over the game when he noticed China win 4 desk tennis gold medals on the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
He’d beforehand been coaching to be a classical pianist.
The desk tennis champion stated the one factor he needed to know from his dad and mom when he awoke after surgical procedure was whether or not the lack of his arm would cease him from getting a girlfriend
Naturally right-hand dominant, he had a mountain to climb as he discovered not simply the game, however how you can do on a regular basis duties along with his remaining arm.
Lin moved to Australia in 2016, after profitable gold on the Rio Paralympics to go along with his victories on the Beijing and London Games.
His change of allegiance was an enormous coup for the nation’s desk tennis program and he represented his adopted nation for the primary time at Tokyo final yr.
‘It’s extra enjoyable … much less strain. In Australia I can have a greater schooling, a greater life,’ he stated.
Not to say extra alternatives to go diving – regardless of the sharks.