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China Secures Fourth Consecutive Males’s Group Gold Medal

Over two hours of pulsating motion, the ultimate was drama-packed because the most interesting gamers from the 2 nations placed on a powerful present. China couldn’t have requested for a greater begin as Ma Lengthy and Xu Xin produced an excellent doubles efficiency towards Timo Boll and Patrick Franziska (11-7, 11-3, 11-9) to realize the early momentum.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov then showcased considered one of his strongest performances up to now in an exhilarating encounter with Fan Zhendong, with the German star solely simply falling quick (3-11, 11-6, Sept. 11, 11-5, 11-3). With momentum firmly in China’s favour, Boll put up a valiant effort towards Ma, saving a number of gold medal factors, however it wasn’t sufficient to stop China’s date with future (11-5, 11-9, 11-13, 11-7).

(Picture: Rémy Gros)

“It has been a really memorable journey for us these previous two weeks. I struck a extremely good partnership with Ma Lengthy. We trusted one another and obtained the job achieved. We hope to encourage extra folks with our success and develop into good position fashions too,” stated Xu Xin.

“Our purpose was to win three out of the 5 matches. We believed in one another even once we had been trailing within the sport. I’m extraordinarily blissful to have the ability to win the gold medal with Xu Xin and Ma Lengthy. I’ve learnt loads from them, and these are priceless experiences and reminiscences which I’ll always remember,” stated Fan Zhendong.

“Now we have achieved properly persistently due to the wonderful help from all of the backroom employees, coaches and technical workforce. It’s a workforce effort which has saved us on the high of the sport for thus lengthy. As skilled athletes, we’ve got solely obtained one job to do and that’s to win,” stated Ma Lengthy.

One other magnificent show from China’s contingent sees the nation declare its fourth title from the 5 contested disciplines at Tokyo 2020, boosting its total gold medal tally to 32 because the sport’s introduction to the Olympic Video games in 1988. In the meantime, Ma Lengthy turns into probably the most embellished Olympic desk tennis participant with 5 gold medals to his title.

“The rationale why China is so dominant in desk tennis is as a result of we’ve got a proud custom and tradition within the sport. We’re persistently good as a result of we work arduous collectively, technology after technology. Everybody from the coaches to the backroom employees, and gamers have all made many sacrifices and our efficiency during the last two weeks right here in Tokyo is a validation of our arduous work. Now we have the identical purpose for each Olympics and that’s to win the gold medals every time we compete. It would get more durable annually because it’s like China taking up the remainder of the world, particularly for the boys. For the ladies, it’s more likely to be a detailed struggle between China and Japan because the hole between the 2 international locations is getting smaller,” stated Liu Guoliang (President of Chinese language Desk Tennis Affiliation).

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Germany settles for a silver medal end within the Males’s Group occasion, repeating its efficiency achieved at Beijing 2008, and leaves the Japanese capital with two medals following Dimitrij Ovtcharov’s bronze within the Males’s Singles occasion.

Earlier within the day, third seed Japan secured the Males’s Group bronze medal following a 3-1 victory over quantity 4 seed the Republic of Korea. Jun Mizutani and Koki Niwa handed the host nation the right begin as they mixed to beat Lee Sangsu and Jeoung Youngsik within the doubles (11-9, 8-11, 15-13, 11-5). Tomokazu Harimoto prolonged Japan’s lead together with his profitable outing towards Jang Woojin (11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7), however Jeoung’s straight video games win over Niwa (11-3, 11-8, 11-7) restored a glimmer of hope for the Korean workforce. With a spot on the rostrum close by, Japanese stalwart Mizutani introduced the match to a detailed, toppling Jang within the fourth fixture (14-12, 11-9, 11-8).

Ending its marketing campaign positively, Japan now possesses two Males’s Group medals from the Olympic Video games, having gained silver in 2016. The outcome additionally sees the host nation declare its fourth medal at Tokyo 2020, with additional successes within the Blended Doubles, Ladies’s Singles and Ladies’s Group occasions.

“We’re dissatisfied that we weren’t in a position to win the gold medal, however nonetheless, we’re nonetheless happy we gained the bronze, and this win goes out to all those that have supported us. We knew the opening doubles match was essential, and we had been assured after securing that first level,” stated the Japanese trio.

(Picture: Rémy Gros)

China’s gold medal victory marks the top of desk tennis motion at Tokyo 2020. The ultimate outcomes from the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium are as follows:

  • Blended Doubles Gold: Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito (JPN)
  • Ladies’s Singles Gold: Chen Meng (CHN)
  • Males’s Singles Gold: Ma Lengthy (CHN)
  • Ladies’s Group Gold: China (CHN)
  • Males’s Group Gold: China (CHN)


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