Singapore’s Li Hu, right, and Gao Ning Gao return the ball to England’s Andrew Baggley and Paul Drinkhall, unseen, during their table tennis gold medal match. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

The Commonwealth Games are the next best thing to the Olympics. Seventy-one nations, including the 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations and an additional 18 countries that have had something to do with the British Empire over the years, have come together in Glasgow to compete with each other in 19 sports.

Sure, you can watch swimming or gymnastics, but this year, some of the most exciting competition has been on the Ping-Pong table. Take this semifinal match between between Nigeria’s Segun Toriola and Singapore’s Gao Ning that took place on Monday.

HOLY COW! If you didn’t count yourself, that was 41 shots with Toriola, who looked to be getting dominated, coming out at the end with the point. (Let this incredible effort be a lesson to those who may not take table tennis seriously, ahem, Robert Griffin III.)

While Ning may have lost that 41-shot battle, however, he ultimately won the war. His dexterity and accuracy ended up earning him and his two teammates Zhan Jian and Li Hu a trip to the finals today, where they emerged victorious over the English trio of Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall and Andrew Baggaley.