TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) – China’s Chen Meng beat compatriot Sun Yingsha 4-2 to win Olympic table tennis women’s singles gold on Thursday.
World number one Chen defeated her opponent 9-11 11-6 11-4 5-11 11-4 11-9 as China continued their incredible run of winning all women’s singles gold medals in history Olympic.
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 number three 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.
“Out of a hundred I’m 99% frustrated. It’s very close to a hundred … I’m happy but regretful at the same time,” Ito told reporters.
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 provided the four finalists in the flagship matches of the Tokyo Games in the women’s and men’s singles events, as they have done at every 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, world number three Sun crushed 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 .
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Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu; Editing by Shri Navaratnam / Ken Ferris / Toby Davis
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