by Ian Marshall
The backbone of the German success was the now 40-year-old Timo Boll.
In the opening game of the game, he drove Patrick Franziska to a double victory against Jun Mizutani and Koki Niwa (11-2, 11-3, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7), before playing Jun. defeated Mizutani (7-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-7).
It was the third time that Timo Boll and Jun Mizutani met in the semi-finals of a men’s Olympic team competition. In Beijing (2008) Timo Boll won, in Rio de Janeiro (2016) the verdict was in favor of Jun Mizutani.
Timo Boll’s success was decisive, in the last game Tomokazu Harimoto had beaten Dimitrij Ovtcharov (7-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-9).
Good form by Tomokazu Harimoto, in the fourth match of the engagement it was his fighting spirit that testified to the success. He recovered from two games to zero and defeated Patrick Franziska in a pretty gigantic fight, especially 7-9 in the fifth game (5-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9).
So for Dimitrij Ovtcharov it was a déjà vu. The day before, Dimitrij Ovtcharov had defeated Chuang Chih-Yuan against Chinese Taipei, with problems in the overall level, and he followed with another second repetition.
He faced Koki Niwa, the player he had beaten in the fourth round of the men’s singles; he repeated the dose (11-9, 11-7, 11-8) to secure Germany’s place in the final.
Tense moments, but not quite the same earlier in the day; China, front runner in both disciplines, is simply one step ahead.
In the men’s category, a 3-0 win was a win against the Republic of Korea, the No. 4 of the Sami.
China retained the doubles partnership from the previous rounds, with Ma Long and Xu Xin teaming up to beat Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu in even games (11-5, 11-5, 11-8). Fan Zhendong followed suit, defeating Jan Woojin to double the lead (11-7, 11-9, 16-14).
In the opening games, it was more difficult for Ma Long to win games, he had to fend off a spirited recovery from Lee Sangsu and finally won in five games (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 13th). -15, 11-6).
In the meantime, China had beaten number 3 of the Seeds earlier in the day in the quarterfinals of the women’s team competition Germany.
Notably, China chose the team in such a way that Chen Meng, the gold medalist in women’s singles at the start of the tournament, played two games.
She was the partner of Wang Manyu in order to be twice as successful in the opening competition against Shan Xiaona and Petrissa Solja, the reigning European champions (11-9, 11-2, 11-4). Later in the third game of the game, she defeated Petrissa Solja to close the deal (5-11, 11-4, 11-9, 13-11).
In between, Sun Yingsha overcame Han Ying’s defensive skills in the second game of the game (11-6, 11-4, 11-9).
The medal lists are now known.
Thursday 5th August
Women’s team – bronze: Germany (3) against Hong Kong China (4)
Women’s team – gold: China (1) against Japan (2)
Friday 6th August
Men’s Team – Bronze: Japan (3) versus Korea Republic (4)
Men’s team – gold: China (1) against Germany (2)