LONDON OLYMPICS 2012: Zhang

Table Tennis Olympics 2012

China Short Listed for Prestigious Laureus World Sports Team Award

Simply they could not have done better; gold in the Men’s and Women’s Team events, gold and silver in the Men’s and Women’s Singles competitions.

China, as four years earlier on home soil in Beijing, won every medal available in the table tennis arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The result is that the Chinese National Table Team has been nominated for the “Team of the Year” award at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, to be held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, on Monday 11th March 2013.

Table Tennis is the Most Viewed Sport in China and Numbers are Rising

Whatever the location, whatever the city or the country the fans in there in numbers; they are there in numbers when the China is in action, whether it be at the World Championships, the World Cup or the ITTF World Tour.

The recent ITTF 2013 World Tour Qatar Open, which came to a conclusion in Doha on Sunday 24th February, illustrated the point indelibly; Chinese supporters came in force to support and pay home to their idols.

Simply the likes of Ma Long and Ding Ning who won the respective Men’s and Women’s Singles titles in the Gulf state are superstars; a fact reflected by television figures.

A Legend Born, the Task to Repeat the Success and Add Missing Piece of the Jigsaw

Jingoistic it may be but in 2012, the London Olympic Games made you proud to British.

Followed by the Paralympic Games, the two spectaculars combined to form a summer of unmitigated success; even the sun shone on one of the wettest years on record. Now, as the old year comes to a close it seems that every channel on British Television, every radio station is full of programmes reflecting on the events that lifted the nation’s spirits.

Legends were born and in the table tennis sphere, one man earned that accolade.

The name of Zhang Jike will stand the test of time; now he stands alongside the “greats” of the sport and he is only 24 years old.

Tokyo Comes to a Halt to Welcome Home Olympic Heroes and Heroines

The victory recorded by Japan over Singapore at the semi-final stage of the Women’s Team event at the London Olympic Games on the evening of Sunday 5th August, in the packed to capacity ExCeL North Arena, was one of the most emotional moments of the twelve days of action.

In fact it was the most emotional moment. Tears of joy streamed down the faces of Sayaka Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa after they had secured doubles success against Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu.

It was a win which meant Japan had secured their first ever medal in the table tennis events an Olympic Games.

Furthermore at ther least, it was silver. .

A Greater Success than Realised, the Korean Men’s Team Silver Medal

It was not to be a gold medal but for the Korean Men’s Team the goal at the London 2012 Olympic Games was very much achieved.

The three matches to nil victory over Singapore at the semi-final stage, in effect, secured the silver medal.

Anything less would have been a disappointment; anything more would have been a massive bonus.

Furthermore, it was one step higher than had been achieved in Beijing four years earlier when the bronze medal had been secured. Realistically for the trio of Joo Saehyuk, Oh Sangeun and Ryu Seunmin, it was mission accomplished in London.

Liu Guoliang Leads Legionaries to Londinium Conquest after Short War

Veni vidi vici; just like Julius Caesar in 47 BC after the short war against Pharnaces II of Pontus, the Chinese came, they saw and they conquered in the ExCeL Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

They captured every available medal on offer and none was the colour bronze. In the Men’s and Women’s Singles events they won both gold and silver, a step aheasd of the field. In the Men’s and Women’s Team competitions it was gold on each occasion; again a step ahead

On Wednesday 8th August, they concluded matters in the grand manner. They beat Korea in the final of the Men’s Team event by three matches to nil; just as it had been for Julius Caesar two thousand years earlier, it was a short war. Furthermore, they took no prisoners.

Third Career Medal for Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Men’s Team Bronze for Germany

The fourth seeds, Germany secured the bronze medal in the Men’s Team event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on the morning of Wednesday 8th August.

They overcame Hong Kong China by three matches to one.

It was one place lower than had been gained four years earlier in the Peking University Gymnasium at the Beijing Olympic Games but it was very much mission achieved.

Occupying the fourth seeded spot in the draw, it meant that they had a 50 per cent chance of being in the same half of the draw as top seeds, China or conversely, second seeds, Korea.

Source: www.ittf.com
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