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Norway wins second gold at Paralympics

Tommy Urhaug brought home Norway’s third medal, and second gold, at the Paralympics in London over the weekend. He beat Cao Ningning of China in table tennis and called his victory “a fantastic feeling.”

Tommy Urhaug brought home Norway's third medal at the Paralympics, in table tennis. PHOTO: Paralympics2012

Urhaug, age 32 from Radøy north of Bergen, won a bronze medal at the last Paralympics in Beijing and was more than keen to take gold this time around. “Yes, that’s how it was,” he told newspaper Bergens Tidende, referring to how he finally achieved the goal he’s been working towards for years. “Right now I’m just incredibly happy.”

Urhaug had a loud cheering section at the competition on Sunday including Norway’s Princess Martha Louise, who’s been an active supporter of the Paralympics and also is in the process of settling in London herself for a few years with her family. She was quick to congratulate both Urhaug and his wife, Gunn Critistiansen Urhaug.

It was Norway’s third medal at the international competition for physically challenged athletes. Swimmer Sarah Louise Rung of Stavanger also has won both a gold and a silver and was due to swim again on Tuesday.

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