Ben Cliffe and Alex Rae won medals for Great Britain at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.

The multi-sport event saw thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities compete in 26 sports over nine days.

All photos by Katz Wizkas Photography

Cliffe (above right) was champion in the Men’s Singles U19-D4 class, beating Kouame Kouassi of Cote d’Ivoire 3-2 (13-11, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9) in a tight gold medal match, having earlier won his group.

Rae (above left), meanwhile, was second in the round-robin Men’s Singles +30-D3 class, beating athletes from Ghana and Monaco but losing out 3-1 (11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5) to gold medallist Omirniyaz Nurniyazov of Uzbekistan.

Cliffe & Rae teamed up in the Men’s Doubles +30-02 category, beating Edwin Peng & Agnes Tiong of Malaysia 3-2 (11-9, 15-17, 11-7, 11-13, 11-3) and Hendrikus Sleeuw & Agnes Danna of Monaco 3-1 (11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6) but being defeated in the gold medal match by Rikke Christiansen & Thorkild Mikkelsen of Denmark in three straight.

In the women’s competitions, Fredrika Karlsson and Jessica Bromley narrowly missed out on the medals.

In the WS U29-D2 class, Karlsson defeated won one of her four matches and narrowly lost out 3-2 (5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6) to Puleng Gabamoele of South Africa as she finished fourth.

It was fourth place too for Bromley in the WS +30-D2 category. She picked up a good 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 12-10) win over Pazit Rubens of Israel on her way to the bronze medal match, in which she was defeated 3-1 (11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10) by Denmark’s Rikke Christiansen.

Bromley & Karlsson teamed up in the WD FD-01 doubles class but were unable to win any of their four matches.

Fredrika Karlsson
Jessica Bromley