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China´s Zhang Yining wins women´s singles table tennis Olympic gold

Source: Xinhua | 08-22-2008 21:46

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- World number one Zhang Yining won her fourth Olympic gold, beating teammate Wang Nan 4-1 in an all-Chinese women's singles table tennis Olympic final here Friday evening.

Zhang Yining of China returns the ball during the women's singles gold medal match of Beijing Olympic Games table tennis event against her compatriot Wang Nan in Beijing, China, Aug. 22, 2008. Zhang Yining won the match and grabbed the gold medal. (Xinhua/Bao Feifei)
Zhang Yining of China returns the ball during the 
women's singles gold medal match of Beijing Olympic 
Games table tennis event against her compatriot 
Wang Nan in Beijing, China, Aug. 22, 2008. 
Zhang Yining won the match and grabbed the gold 
medal. (Xinhua/Bao Feifei)

Zhang won 8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3, becoming the third Chinese table tennis player to pocket four Olympic golds, after legendary Deng Yaping and Grand Slam veteran Wang.

It was also the 19th Olympic gold medal that China won in table tennis since its national sport was introduced at the 1988 Seoul Games.

With a 4-2 win over Singapore's Li Jia Wei, China's Guo Yue finished third, a disappointment for the world champion who had rarely finished lower than second in international singles tournaments in the last two years.

Guo failed to reach the final because of her 4-2 loss to "Big Sister" Wang, who is going to retire and determined to win as much as possible at her last Olympic Games.


Editor:Zhao Shanchao