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China's Zhang Jike crowned Olympic champion

08-02-2012 23:57 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Number one seed Zhang Jike defeated teammate Wang Hao in an all-Chinese final on Thursday, winning the Olympic men's table tennis singles gold medal.

Zhang Jike of China (in black) competes during men's table tennis singles final match
against Wang Hao of China, at London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, on
August 2, 2012. Zhang Jike of China won gold medal. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

With the gold medal, Zhang, 24, became the first male player in history who won the World Championship and the Olympic Games back to back.

Zhang won the match 18-16, 11-5, 11-6, 10-12 and 13-11.

Number two seed Wang, 27, was World Champion in men's singles in 2009. He won silver medal at the Athens 2004 and the Beijing 2008.

It was also the 22nd Olympic gold medal that China won in table tennis since the sport was introduced at the 1988 Seoul Games.

Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov beat Chuang Chih-Yuan from Chinese Taipei 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5 and 14-12, winning Germany's second Olympic medal in men's singles in history.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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