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OLYMPICS: Taiwan's Chuang loses out on table tennis bronze

2012/08/02 23:49:48

London, Aug. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's Chuang Chih-yuan failed to become the first Taiwan-born table tennis player to win an Olympic medal in the event after losing 4-2 to Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany Thursday.

Chuang, seeded fifth, was beaten by the eighth-seeded German 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 14-12 in a 49-minute match in London.

The 31-year-old Taiwanese player won the first five points in the opener, but his German opponent rallied and ended up taking the first game. Despite the early setback, Chuang fought his way back and won the following two games.

Chuang had a chance to go 3-1 up as he led most of the time in the fourth. However, he lost his edge and Ovtcharov won the game following a deuce contest. The German's momentum continued and he took the fifth game 11-5.

Under the pressure of being 3-2 down, Chuang missed three game points and the chance to prolong his quest for third place, allowing the German to take home the bronze after three deuces.

"It's a pity that I failed to earn a medal (for the country), and it made no differences for me for being among either the top four or top eight," Chuang said after the match.

Chuang lost to China's Wang Hao 11-13, 11-2, 12-10, 11-6, 11-9 in the semifinals earlier Thursday.

The Taiwanese player reached the round of eight in the men's singles at the Athens Games in 2004 before falling to Wang 4-2.

Chuang's performance at the London Olympics marked the best run by a Taiwanese male table tennis player at the Games.

Both of Chuang's parents are table tennis players. His mother and coach Lee Kuei-mei was a former national team table tennis player and his father Chuang Han-chieh a national doubles champion.

(By Nell Shen and Christie Chen)