London 2012 table tennis: China wins gold, silver in women’s singles

Print Friendly and PDF

London: Li Xiaoxia extended China’s domination in women’s table tennis by clinching the Olympic gold medal with a victory over teammate Ding Ning in singles final on Wednesday.

Li defeated Ding on Wednesday 4-1 (11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4) in the all-Chinese 2012 London Olympic women’s singles final, clinching the gold medal.

China won 21st Olympic table tennis gold since the game was introduced to the 1988 Seoul Games.

“Today I met great obstacles in the match, not only from the opponent, but also from the umpire,” Ding said after the final.

“I used the towel to calm myself down after getting the service penalty. Then the umpire might think I used the towel at the wrong time and gave me a red card,” Ding said.

“As players, we need to adjust to the changing situations. But Xiaoxia and I are about at the same level. Such penalties affected my performance and made it difficult for me to control the situation,” she said.

“I’ve been using such services over the past two years and didn’t get any penalty, not even a warning. I don’t understand why suddenly the umpires (at London 2012) started to give me penalties and the penalties became increasingly strict.

“In the beginning, I got penalty for squatting service, but (standing service using) forehand is OK. Then even forehand service also got me penalty. Whenever I wanted to change my service tactics, I got penalty, unless I used the high ball toss. In the end, I felt there was almost no way for me to serve.”

Li Xiaoxia remained well-controlled throughout the game.

When asked to comment whether the penalties were too strict, Li said: “This is what competitive sports are. You have to face everything. I had expected that rules in the Olympic Games would be stricter, therefore I didn’t use any hook service in the game. I would rather lower my service quality than risk getting penalty.”

“Winning the Olympic gold medal is a dream come true. I’ve gone through pains and hardships to pursue the dream. But I finally conquered myself. This demonstrated that persistence brings success.”

“I dreamed of participating in the Olympics. I wanted so much to step into the Olympic venue under the watch of the whole world and prove myself.”

President Zardari congratulates Chinese people on Spring Festival
Olympic flag reaches Rio de Janeiro
London Paralympics: Chebanika's prayers answered with gold
Chinese Police chief in Bo case charged with defection
World's longest bullet train service launched in China
Joe Biden urges end to 'outright' theft by China
China invests in Ring road, Mono Rail & Metro projects in Punjab
China plans to build world's longest underwater tunnel







2 Responses to " London 2012 table tennis: China wins gold, silver in women’s singles "

  1. [...] London 2012 table tennis: China wins gold, silver in women's … [...]

  2. [...] London 2012 table tennis: China wins gold, silver in women's … Related Posts:London 2012 diving: China takes gold, USA silver in 3-meter synchronized Ryan Lochte captured the United States' first gold medal of the 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday, soundly defeating rival swimming great Michael Phelps in a highly anticipated men's 400-meter individual medley. Brazil's Thiago Pereira secured …Olympic Medal Count 2012: Where the USA Ranks Among Medal Leaders Team USA's gold medal in women's team gymnastic earned the U.S. a tie with China atop the 2012 Olympics medal count.1 person recommends this. With the London Olympics 2012 medal tally showing a total medal …2012 Olympic medal count standings after third full day of events The United States and China have separated themselves a little bit from the pack in terms of overall medals. With American opportunities to medal in four swimming medals on Day 3, how will the count …Women's gymnastics gold a teen dream for US Two days after Jordyn Wieber's tears melted every American sports fan around, the U.S. rebounded by capturing their first gold medal in women's gymnastics since 1996. With a score of 183.596, the Americans absolutely obliterated …Olympics medal count: Missy Franklin and US swimmers lead the medal haul After three days of Summer Olympics competition, the United States has pulled into a tie with China for the top spot on the medal count leaderboard.The United States and China both took in serious medal …Federer's win has many meanings Wimbledon, England • Up in the players' box on Centre Court, Roger Federer's twin daughters squirmed, yawned, made funny faces and then applauded the new Wimbledon champion. The girls turn 3 this month.The wager was …Olympic Medal Count 2012: America's Best Opportunites to Win Gold on Monday The United States and China have separated themselves a little bit from the pack in terms of overall medals. With American opportunities to medal in four swimming medals on Day 3, how will the count …Powered by Contextual Related Posts [...]

Leave a comment