China exhibits table tennis prowess.8/22/2008 2:07:34 PM
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China clinched all three medals in the event earlier after Guo Yue
Guo Yue (郭跃; born on July 17 1988) is a Chinese table tennis player and the current women's world champion. beat Li Jia Wei of Singapore to win the bronze.
China has always been dominant in its national sport of table tennis. But it has taken all three medals only once before, in the women's singles event at the 1988 Seoul games.
The gold medal match was a showdown between two of the best athletes intable tennis.
Zhang was playing for her fourth Olympic gold Olympic Gold is the official video game of the XXV Olympic Summer Games, hosted by Barcelona, Spain in 1992. It was released for the Sega consoles, Mega Drive/Genesis and Master System, and Sega's handheld, Game Gear. medal and Wang was competing for her fifth.
The score was frequently tied and Wang controlled the game at first, forcing world number one Zhang to lunge and chase for the ball.
But Zhang stayed cool and gradually took over her fifth-ranked opponent, winning 8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3.
There were no coaches on the benches, just the two players wearing the same uniform in different colours, Zhang in blue and Wang in Wang In (Korean: 왕인; Japanese: Wani (王仁 red, playing in the middle of the gymnasium.
Though Zhang set her face in an expressionless mask, Wang seemed relaxed, wearing a half-smile and sticking out her tongue after losing points.
A medals sweep is also possible in the men's singles event, after the Chinese rolled over their competition in the quarter-finals to set up another semi-final round with only one foreign athlete.
"It's the Great Wall," said the lone non-Chinese to advance, Jorgen Persson of Sweden.
"But look at the history of the Olympics. In the five gold medals (in the men's singles event), two are Chinese, two are Korean and one is Swedish. So they are strong, but it's breakable."
Persson will play world number one Wang Hao, who the Swede swede: see turnip. admitted will be hard to handle.
World fourth-ranked Wang Liqin will play number two Ma Lin, who advanced after defeating Oh Sang-eun of South Korea, 11-3, 11-5, 11-9, 12-10.
Oh has been the only player so far in the Olympic competition to cause any problems for the Chinese. The Korean took Ma to five games during the team event, but lost 3-2.
"I prepared for a lot of difficulties because his level of play is close to mine," Ma said.
"He had been playing very well, from singles and teams he's only lost two games, both to me."
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