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Ma Long Wins Chinese Derby to Edge Defending Champion Zhang

2016-08-12 10:49:00 | Author: | Source:China Daily
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Ma Long of China eyes the ball during play against Zhang Jike (CHN) of China during Men's Singles Gold Medal of table tennis. Ma Long, China, bt Zhang Jike, China, 4-0.

China's Ma Long overwhelmed his teammate and defending champion Zhang Jike with a 4-0 win to seize gold in the men's table tennis singles final on Thursday, with Japan's Jun Mizutani claiming the bronze.

Ma, the world number one, capitalised on Zhang's mistakes and misses to triumph 14-12, 11-5, 11-4 and 11-4 after thrilling the cheering fans with a high-speed game of rapid-fire spins and quick reflexes.

Ma shaped his fingers into a love-heart that he signalled to the spectators as he celebrated his victory. He then held up a Chinese flag with Zhang to reflect the country's continued domination in the game.

The Olympic medal was the only table tennis accolade that has eluded Ma, who failed to make the Chinese team in London four years ago due to a series of unexpected losses during the qualifiers, despite being world number one at the time.

Mizutani clinched bronze by beating Belarusian Vladimir Samsonov, giving the country its first ever medal in the table tennis men's singles and its second medal ever in the sport. 



Ma Long of China eyes the ball during play against Zhang Jike (CHN) of China during Men's Singles Gold Medal of table tennis. Ma Long, China, bt Zhang Jike, China, 4-0.



Ma Long of China plays against Zhang Jike of China.



Ma Long of China plays against Zhang Jike of China. 



Zhang Jike of China reacts during play against Ma Long of China. 



Gold medallist Ma Long of China poses with silver medallist Zhang Jike of China and bronze medallist Jun Mizutani of Japan during Men's Singles Victory Ceremony of table tennis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016. 



Ma Long of China makes the shape of a heart with his fingers after winning his match against Zhang Jike of China.


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