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Liu Helps China Sweep Table Tennis
Liu Guoling took the final table tennis gold medal Thursday, winning the men's singles crown
over teammate Wang Tao 21-12, 22-24, 21-19, 15-21, 21-5. China owned table tennis during these games, winning four gold medals and three silvers.
With both players going for winners on nearly every shot, the men's final featured
short rallies. It wasn't until the fifth game that Liu took command.
He raced to a 12-1 lead, pouncing on the ball quickly to send winners across the
net or force Wang errors, and cruised to the win.
Deng Pushed To Limit, Wins Fourth Gold
China's Deng Yaping (pictured) is
four for four. Deng had to go the full five games to down a stubborn Chen Jing of Taiwan in the Olympic women's table tennis final, 21-14, 21-17, 20-22, 17-21, 21-5. She completed her second consecutive sweep of the Olympic women's singles and doubles titles with a victory over Chen, who won the 1988 gold medal for China but now competes for Taiwan.
China's Kong, Liu Win Doubles Gold
Kong Linghui and Liu Guoliang were singles opponents last year. They combined for gold this year. Kong and Liu won the gold medal Tuesday in menís doubles table tennis, beating defending champions and teammates Lu Lin and Wang Tao, 21-8, 18-21, 21-19, 21-17.
Fight Over Flag Waving Leads To Arrests
Two table tennis spectators were arrested for a fight in the stands sparked when police tried to remove one of them for waving a banned flag from Taiwan in support of an athlete. Police said Chen Kun Chung and Lee Chien Hsing were taken into custody during the gold-medal match Wednesday night between China's Deng Yaping and Taiwan's Chen Jing.
Sweeris Follows the Bouncing Ball
At 16 months, Todd Sweeris was taking a drumstick from his Sunday afternoon chicken dinner and swatting at peas he tossed in the air. At 2, he was standing on the rust-colored linoleum floor of his kitchen, hitting a Ping-Pong ball against the refrigerator door. At 22, he is at the Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. table tennis team.
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