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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ma Lin wins men's singles table tennis Olympic gold

World No. 2 Ma Lin claimed the Olympic title, outgunning teammate Wang Hao 4-1 in an all-Chinese men's singles table tennis final on Saturday.

Ma, 28, took the game 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7 and 11-9, becoming the third Chinese player to win Olympic men's singles gold, after Liu Guoliang in 1996 Atlanta Games and Kong Linghui in 2000 Sydney Games.

It was also the 20th Olympic table tennis gold medal that China bagged since the event was introduced at the 1988 Seoul Games.

The 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006 World Cup champion Ma, teamed up with 7th-ranked Chen Qi, won the men's doubles gold medal in Athens, a glory he replayed in Beijing.

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