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Day 12: China makes clean sweep of gold in table tennis

08-09-2012 07:39 BJT

After an unusually quiet day for Chinese medallists, the first stand out performance came from China’s men’s table tennis team. They easily defeated South Korea 3-0 to ensure China swept the table tennis gold medals in London.

Taekwondo star Wu Jingyu also shone, winning gold in the women’s 49 kilogram category. Wrestler Jing Ruixue claimed China’s only other medal on day 12 of the games, a silver in the women’s 63 kilogram freestyle wrestling. A credible mention should also go to Xue Chen and Zhang Xi who narrowly missed out on bronze, after losing to world champions Brazil in women’s beach volleyball.

China’s men’s team have now claimed the fourth and final Olympic table tennis gold on offer in London. The Chinese were heavy favourites, boasting a formidable team with singles gold and silver medallists Zhang Jike and Wang Hao. The third player was Ma Long, who many say is the best of the three. He kicked things off with a straightforward win in the first singles contest. China soon tightened their grip on the best of five match, as Zhang Jike defeated Joo Saehyuk. Singles silver medallist Wang Hao then teamed up with Zhang, wrapping things up with a win in the doubles. China has now won 24 of 28 gold medals since table tennis entered the Olympics in 1988.

Wu Jingyu won China’s second gold medal on day 12 of the London games. She easily beat Spain’s Brigitte Yague Enrique 8-1 in the women’s 49 kilogram taekwondo. The champion fighter won gold at Beijing 2008, which was followed up with another title at the World Championships last year. Wu has been in devastating form in London and was a heavy favourite, after ending her quarter-final and semi-final early by accumulating a 12-point lead.

Wrestler Jing Ruixue claimed a valiant silver in the 63 kilogram freestyle wrestling. She lost 3-0 to Kaori Icho from Japan in the final. Icho was a massive favourite for the title and Jing did well to make a match of it. The Japanese wrestling star continued her lengthy winning streak to become the first Japanese woman to win 3 Olympic gold medals. She extended her incredible unbeaten run to more than 150 matches.

In beach volleyball, China narrowly missed out on a bronze medal after losing to Brazil. The number one seeded Brazilian pair of Larissa Franca and Julia Da Silva had to come from a set down to defeat China. In a thrilling match they eventually won out in three sets. At one point in the second set, China were just two points from victory but Brazil battled back superbly. The Chinese pair Xue Chen and Zhang Xi lost to reigning champions Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor from America in the semis. They were looking to add another medal to the bronze they won in Beijing. The gold medal match will be an all American affair. It guarantees the US two more medals and bolsters its chances of catching China at the top of the overall standings.

Finally, in boxing where defending Olympic champion, Zou Shiming, has guaranteed himself another medal. He moved into the semi-finals of the men’s light flyweight without much trouble and will pick up at least a bronze.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com

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