When three Chinese come into the table tennis hall …
… the task is usually pointless for the opponent.
The German table tennis men are missing out on what they were hoping for gold-Wonder at Olympia in Tokyo clearly, lose the final against table tennis overwhelming power with 0: 3.
China invites you to table with what is actually the best possible team in the world – number one, two and three in the world. Fan Zhendong (24), the newly crowned Olympic champion Ma long (32) and Xu Xin (31) cannot really be beaten in the “Best-of-Five” team competition (one double, a maximum of four singles).
Dimitrij Ovtcharov (32 / No. 7 in the world), Timo Boll (40 / No. 10) and Patrick Franziska (29 / No. 17) try anyway. Ovtcharov (individual bronze medal in Tokyo) optimistic before the final: “We have more faith than ever before. And I think this is our chance. We have everything the team needs. Now we need a little bit of luck. “
In the end, unfortunately, something more is missing. In the opening doubles, Boll / Franziska can only make it exciting against Ma Long / Xu Xin in the third set, ultimately losing with 0: 3 (7:11, 3:11, 9:11). 1-0 for China.
In the first individual, bronze hero Ovtcharov briefly provides a glimmer of hope. In a high-class duel with spectacular rallies, he temporarily dominated Fan Zhendong with his inimitable backhand, taking the lead 1-0 and 2-1 in sets. Then the world number one strikes back, wins the game with two clear set wins with 3: 2 (3:11, 11: 6, 9:11, 11: 5, 11: 3). 2-0 for China.
In the third individual, veteran Timo Boll has to play against table tennis legend Ma Long (two-time Olympic champion, three-time world champion) in his sixth games. Boll also fights to the last point and takes a set, but never has a real chance of victory at 1: 3 (5:11, 9:11, 13:11, 7:11). 3: 0, gold for China!
After silver in 2008 and bronze in 2012 and 2016, the German team wins the next medal with silver in the team competition, which was only held for the fourth time. All four gold medals went to China.
As for their table tennis heroes, the Chinese don’t take joke …