At 10, Egypt’s Ibrahim Hamadtou lost his arms in a tragic train accident but he was not deterred by this, as the famed para table tennis star made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Table Tennis event on September 8 at Riocentro Pavilion 3.

In the clash between the two biggest table tennis internet sensations on the world’s biggest para stage, Hamadtou challenged world number four David Wetherill (GBR) in the Men’s Singles Class 6 event.

Hamadtou was the star of the ‘Impossible is Nothing on YouTube that has over 2.3 million views and was picked up by every major media agency and TV channel around the world.

Wetherill, on the other hand, shot to fame after his phenomenal shot at the London 2012 Paralympic Games which gathered over 10 million views across all videos.

Despite being unsuccessful in his first match in the group stage against Wetherill, losing 0-3 (5-11, 7-11, 5-11), Hamadtou shared “It’s my first Paralympic Games. I was so excited when I entered the arena, because it was my first experience in the Paralympic Games. I feel that I played really well, an excellent performance.”

“I am really very satisfied with my level; not all defeats are defeats, sometimes you lose but you actually win because you have added to your experience, you have added to your knowledge. Today I added to my knowledge. I lost to a very good player, David is amongst the best in the world,” added the Egyptian star.