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Chinese men poised for table tennis medal sweep

Chinese men poised for table tennis medal sweep

China is poised to sweep the medals in men's singles table tennis after world No. 1 Wang Hao defeated his Swedish semifinal opponent Saturday to ensure an all-China gold medal match.
The Chinese are making their strongest showing ever in Olympic table tennis, the national sport.
The previous night, the Chinese women sealed a singles sweep after young star Guo Yue defeated Li Jia Wei of Singapore to win the bronze. World No. 1 Zhang Yining won her fourth Olympic gold, and four-time gold medalist Wang Nan took the silver.
The Chinese men and women already won gold in the team event.
"Tonight, I think we'll just see how it goes. The gold medal already belongs to us," said Wang Hao, who wanted to make up for losing in the men's singles finals in Athens to South Korea's Ryu Seung-min. "I've done my share, I've completed my task."
Only one player stood between China and a record eight-medal haul in table tennis _ a 42-year-old father of three from Sweden, Jorgen Persson.
Persson, who is playing in his sixth Olympics and still seeking his first medal, challenged Wang, 25, with a powerful game that included rallying about 3 meters (10 feet) away from the table.
But the lanky Swede could not overcome his younger and more nimble opponent. Wang won 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9.
"I had a lot of difficulties during the match, but I was able to tough them out," Wang said, choking with emotion. "At the last Olympics, I lost the men's singles title ... At this Olympics, the men's title now belongs to the Chinese."
The other semifinal game pitted world No. 2 Ma Lin against No. 4 Wang Liqin.


Updated : 2021-05-19 05:37 GMT+08:00