China overpowered Germany 3-0 on Monday to win the gold medal in men’s team table tennis.
Led by Wang Hao, the world’s top player, the Chinese team of former Olympic medalists dominated the contest to secure China’s second table tennis gold in as many days.
“It’s the team competition, it shows the country’s strength in the sport, so we really wanted this gold,” Wang said.
The Chinese women’s team beat Singapore the previous night to take the gold. China has captured 18 of the 22 table tennis golds awarded since the sport was added to the Olympics in 1988.
The final point in the match had Ovtcharov falling nearly to the ground to catch the ball. Wang jumped in the air after sealing his win, yelling and waving his paddle like a rock star brandishing a guitar.
A partisan home crowd cheered on the Chinese, waving flags and rattling plastic noisemakers. Shouts of “Ti-mo! Ti-Mo!” were drowned out by chants of “Go China!” though the spectators cheered for exciting rallies even when Germany ended up winning the point.
The announcer tried to lessen the home field advantage somewhat by leading cheers of “Go China! Go Germany!”