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OLYMPICS: Taiwanese table tennis player defeated in semifinals

2012/08/02 20:07:47

London, Aug. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's Chuang Chih-yuan was defeated by China's Wang Hao 4-1 in the semifinals of the men's singles table tennis event at the 2012 Olympics Games Thursday.

Chuang, who will compete for the bronze medal later in the day, lost to second-seeded Wang 11-13, 11-2, 12-10, 11-6, 11-9 in a match that lasted 39 minutes.

Chuang reached the round of eight in the men's singles at the Athens Games in 2004 before falling to Wang 4-2. He then suffered a surprise defeat in the round of 32 in Beijing.

If the 31-year-old fifth seed defeats eighth seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany in the bronze medal match, he will become the first Taiwan-born table tennis player, male or female, to clinch an Olympic medal.

China-born Chen Jing won a silver medal representing Taiwan in the women's singles in Atlanta in 1996 and a bronze in Sydney in 2000.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Nell Shen)