‘Dazed’ Ding takes sweet Rio revenge on Li


RIO DE JANEIRO: China’s Ding Ning won the women’s Olympic table tennis title on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), beating her team boss Li Xiaoxia to avenge the bitter defeat she suffered to her compatriot in London 2012. Four years after losing the title in acrimonious circumstances when she became embroiled in a row with the referee, Ding, nicknamed ‘big baby’, finally won the gold she had hankered after so dearly. The top seed prevailed in seven sets 11-9, 5-11, 14-12, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 to complete the grand slam of World Championship, World Cup and now Olympic titles. China have won every women’s singles title since table tennis was introduced in Seoul in 1988, and are on course to complete a third successive cleansweep of golds after dominating in Beijing and London.


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