[ 2006-12-04 09:38 ]
|China's Wang Hao serves the ball during his match with South
Korea's Ryu Seung-Min in the men's team table tennis finals at the Asian
Games in Doha December 3, 2006.[Reuters]|
China won a final rematch over South Korea at the Asian Games in Doha on
Sunday to claim their seventh Asian Games men's table tennis team title.
It is also the fourth straight Asiad team gold for the all-time leaders of
men's table tennis, as they trounced
arch-rivals South Korea in their fourth consecutive final
encounter in an Asiad.
Showing an unstoppable momentum, Wang Hao, Ma Lin and Chen Qi crushed the
South Koreans 3-0, while only the second game from quadruple World Cup winner Ma
was drawn to full sets.
Leading most of the first set against Oh Sang Eun, Ma, following Wang Hao's
12-10, 11-4, 11-4 win over Olympic champion Ryu Seung Min, was unexpectedly
pulled into chaos when the Korean veteran played some placement shots to win it
Ma, an Olympic doubles champion, managed to find his style, winning the
following sets 11-6, 11-6, before he was beaten 11-5 in the fourth set and
forced into the deciding one.
The decider went all the way to the 26-year-old Ma, who, with his trademark
forehand topspin, won nearly all the rallies, allowing the tall Oh only three
Chen Qi won the third game over defensive player Joo Sae Hyuk 11-6, 11-2,
Earlier Sunday afternoon, the Chinese women took back the Asian Games gold
medal which they lost four years ago in Busan, South Korea, beating Asiad final
newcomer Singapore in straight games.
Ace paddler Wang Nan led a strong run by the Chinese trio to outclass their
She overcame an early setback to beat Sun Bei Bei 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8,
before Guo Yan and Guo Yue won over Li Jia Wei and Tan Paey Fern 3-1 and 3-0
The victory erased the bad memories of Wang and her team at the Busan Asiad
in 2002 when the seemingly unbeatable Chinese women suffered an incredible and
humiliating 3-1 final defeat to DPR Korea.