China wins all of the gold medals on the final day of table tennis

China performs a clean sweep of all the final day’s gold medals, bringing their overall tally to 14 table tennis golds. 08 Sep 2012
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(L-R) Ningning Cao, coach Heng Xin, Xingyuan Guo and Yan Zhang of China celebrate after winning gold in the Men's Team Table Tennis Class 4-5 at London 2012.


"The last one is always the most important and we played well from beginning to end."

The first medals decided of the day were in the women’s team class 6-10. China played strongly to beat Turkey in the gold medal match, only dropping two games in the entire contest.

The silver is by no means a disappointment for Turkey as it was their first ever team table tennis final, and only their third ever Paralympic table tennis medal.

In the bronze medal match both contenders fell one place from their Beijing performance. It was Natalia Partyka that saved the medal for Poland, winning her two singles matches and the finals doubles match with Malgorzata Jankiwska to win 3–2.

Partyka said: "We played well, according to plan. We know that the most important plan is for the doubles. The last one is always the most important and we played well from beginning to end.”

In the men’s team class 4-5 the usually composed Chinese team showed the crowd what it all meant to them with emotional celebrations. The Chinese were dominant throughout, with team member from Beijing Zhang Yan dropping the second match but winning the fourth against the Koreans.

The result marks a straight swap between the teams from the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games with China going one better, and Korea falling one place to silver.

The bronze medal match was a huge improvement for the side from Chinese Taipei, who only made it to the quarter-finals four years ago.

But it was however always going to be an uphill struggle against 2008 bronze medalists France, and France’s strength with the serve meant they soon began to pull away.

China took another gold in the women’s team class 4-5 against Sweden, whose weak service game let them down against the defending champions. China’s experienced side proved no match for the burgeoning Swedish team.

Korea vastly improved on their performance four years ago by taking bronze in four games against Serbia, who have reached fourth place two Games running. Korea played strongly against the Serbian serve to win 3–1.

China finished off the night with a final gold in the men’s team class 9-10. This medal however was not going to come as easy as their team-mates’s did earlier in the day. Poland looked to be pulling away in the early stages, but China hit back to force a final doubles match that they took 3–1 to secure the gold 3–2.

In the bronze medal some brilliant long distance rallies made for a contest that could have gone either way, but Spain proved too much for the Ukrainians, winning in four thrilling matches.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games table tennis competition has dealt all kinds of results but China still dominate the sport.

Poland has done the best of the chasing pack, jumping from sixth overall to second in London thanks to their dominance in the class 10 events.