SPORTS China's Ma wins unprecedented back-to-back Olympic singles titles


China's Ma wins unprecedented back-to-back Olympic singles titles


21:49, July 30, 2021

Ma Long of China, right and Fan Zhendong of China pose with a Chinese national flag after their gold medal match of the table tennis men's singles at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo. (Photo: AP)

TOKYO, July 30 (Xinhua) -- China's Ma Long became the first male table tennis player to win back-back Olympic titles in singles competition after outclassing world No. 1 and teammate Fan Zhendong 4-2 in the final at the Tokyo Olympic Games here on Friday.

Ma won the duel 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7 in front of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

It's the third straight final contested between the Chinese duo in major events, after the ITTF World Cup and the ITTF Finals in November last year. They won apiece in the previous two clashes.

In an earlier match, Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov bagged home a bronze medal after beating Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei in a seven-set thriller.

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