China was pushed hard right at the beginning of the gold medal match with the Japanese Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano, which made life difficult for Chen Meng and Wang Manyu. But the latter pair did well despite the pressure to score a four-game win (9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7).
Sun Yingsha and Mima Ito then met for the second time in Tokyo 2020 after their semi-finals in the women’s singles. Two players who get the best out of themselves every time they come to the table. 11-3) to give China a 2-0 lead. Wang returned to the table for the second time and showed an error-free performance against Hirano (11-5, 11-9, 11-3), which left the result beyond any doubt.
“The first game was very important and it was important that we win to calm our nerves. The Japanese fought very well and we expected that from them too. After we won the opening game, we were very relieved and more confident. My teammates believed in me and gave me a lot of courage. I am very grateful for your support, ”said Wang Manyu.
“We prepared well for the final and played very well. This gold medal goes to everyone who supported me, the team, coaches, fans and everyone who played a big role in my development, especially my family. This is also our gift to China, ”said Sun Yingsha.
“It’s a different feeling because it’s a team effort and all three of us did our part to win the gold medal. There are also plenty of unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes to get us on the podium tonight, so we’d like to thank them all too. We will keep working hard. We’re still in our prime and in good shape. We will take a short break for now and then plan our schedule, ”said Chen Meng.
The result is that China holds its unbeaten record in the women’s team event and is on the medal podium for the fourth time in a row. China has now won 31 gold medals in all table tennis disciplines at the Olympic Games.
Since the introduction of the category in 2008, Japan has now collected two silver medals and one bronze medal and has now won its third medal in Tokyo 2020 after winning gold and bronze medals in mixed doubles and women singles in the first week. This makes Mima Ito the first player in table tennis history to win three medals in a single Olympics and to take home gold, silver and bronze in Tokyo.
“I have no idea what the future holds right now. I’ll have a good rest first and plan later. But I was just happy that I had the opportunity to play with my junior teammates and take part in other Olympics, ”said Kasumi Ishikawa.
Hong Kong, China, seeded fourth, took the bronze medal after beating third-placed Germany 3-1. Soo Wai Yam Minnie was the standout player, having a number of wins against Han Ying (12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7) and Shan Xiaona (12-10, 13-11, 11-7) , with Hong Kong, China’s third success, thanks to Doo Hoi Kem who defeated Petrissa Solja (11-5, 11-6, 11-9). Germany’s only win came in doubles when Shan and Solja defeated Lee Ho Ching and Doo (8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 15-13).
With a bronze medal, Hong Kong, China, wins its first women’s team medal at the Olympic Games and arrives in Athens in 2004 17 years after its only other table tennis medal win, a silver medal in women’s doubles.
“It is absolutely unbelievable and the best day of my life! I am very happy that I did my part to get the victory point for us. We improved in every game and were confident even though we lost in the first game, ”said Soo Wai Yam Minnie.
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