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Rio Olympics: Tennis | Ma Long clinches gold

Rio Olympics: Tennis | Ma Long clinches gold

Chinese tennis star, Long Ma who knocked out Nigerian, Aruna Quadri in the quarter-finals have won Men’s Single Gold of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Long beat on Tuesday, August 9 knocked out Quadri with a 4-0 win.

Ma Long

Ma Long

On Thursday, August 11, Long became just the fifth man to complete a career grand slam in table tennis, winning gold.

The 27-year-old from China beat countryman Zhang Jike 14-12 11-5 11-4 11-4 in the decider to complete the slam – which includes the world championships and world cup.

Zhang’s silver meant China have claimed the top two spots on the podium in this event at each of the past three Games.

Zhang Jike, Long Ma and Jun Mizutani

Zhang Jike, Long Ma and Jun Mizutani

“I am very glad not only to complete the grand slam, but to become Olympic champion alone makes me happy – I didn’t stress too much during the game. I did my best and played free,” Ma said.

“I’m extremely happy that I could win the gold medal, it’s a special moment in my career.”

The bronze went the way of Jun Mizutani, who became the first male Japanese player to win a table tennis medal.


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