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China sweeps all 4 golds in Olympic table tennis

  • Zhang Jike, right, and team mate Wang Hao celebrate their victory in their men's team gold medal table tennis doubles match during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Grigory Dukor)

  • Wang Hao, right, and Zhang Jike return a ball to South Korea's Oh Sangeun and Ryu Seungmin during the table tennis men's team final at the London Olympic games on August 8, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/SAEED KHAN)

LONDON: China completed a sweep of all four golds in table tennis at the London Olympics with a victory 3-0 Wednesday over South Korea in the men's team final.

The sweep was expected, and anything less could have prompted shake-ups in the government bureaucracy that oversees the sport. Table tennis is a source of national pride in China with some jokingly calling it "China ball."

China has won an amazing 24 of 28 gold medals since the sport entered the Olympic schedule in 1988. The Chinese won two gold and two silvers this time in singles. They may have taken the bronze medals too if nations had not been limited to two singles players instead of three.

China also took the women's team gold on Tuesday.

 

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