China’s Ma Long has become the first-ever double Olympic champion in the Men’s Singles category after defeating fellow countryman Fan Zhendong (11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7) to retain the title he won five years ago in Rio de Janeiro.
As expected, the match produced yet another spectacular show for all to enjoy as the fierce rivalry between the two has played out countless times on the world stage.
Meanwhile, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov Men’s Singles won the bronze medal after a sensational seven-game head-to-head with Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju, saving four match points in the process (13-11, 9-11, 6-11, 11-4, 4-11, 15-13, 11-7).
The victory marks his second bronze in the category, having reached the third step of the medals podium at London 2012, leading Germany to its eighth table tennis medal at the Olympic Games.
The Men’s Team and Women’s Team events gets underway with the round of 16 on Sunday 1st August.