Chen Meng beat compatriot Sun Yingsha 4-2 to win gold in the women’s singles, extending China’s familiar dominance in the Olympic table tennis events.
World No.1 Chen defeated her opponent 9-11 11-6 11-4 5-11 11-4 11-9 on Thursday as China continued their incredible streak of women’s singles gold in Olympic history .
Chen ignited with a loud scream every time she scored, while Sun, 20, on the other hand, gave a reserved punch as she tried to get back into the contest.
“It would be wrong to say that I have no regrets, but my future is bright,” said world No.3 Sun.
Japan’s Mima Ito won the bronze medal by beating Singaporean Yu Mengyu 4-1, winning Japan’s first-ever Olympic women’s singles medal, after claiming gold in mixed doubles.
In men’s singles, China’s Fan Zhendong won 4-3 over Taiwanese Lin Yun Ju, while defending champion Ma Long beat Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov by the same score to reach Friday’s final.
The results mean that China will have provided the four finalists in the flagship matches of the Tokyo Games in the men’s and women’s singles events as they have done at all the Games since 2008.
China has long been the dominant force in sport, especially in women’s singles where Asian power has never been beaten for the Olympic title.
Earlier Thursday, Sun beat Ito in the semifinals with an 11-3 11-9 11-6 11-4 victory, while Chen beat Yu 11-6 11-8 11-7 11-6.
Associated Australian Press