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(Sports news, Tokyo Olympic news) China still dominates Olympic table tennis, but it is Japan that has the most special thing.
From the time table tennis entered the Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul, Korea to the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, Japan, China has dominated this game. In 1988 in the first time of table tennis at the Olympics, China only topped the sport when outperforming Korea by 1 silver, then China took the lead with 2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze, the host was right behind. (2 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal).
Japanese table tennis (2 red shirt players) has the first Olympic gold medal
During 9 Olympic Games (33 years, from 1988 to 2021) with a total of 33 ping-pong events being awarded gold medals, China has only lost 5 table tennis gold medals in the hands of other delegations (Korea 3, Sweden 1 and Sweden). Japan 1) and they won 28 gold medals.
At the Tokyo Olympics, table tennis ended on July 6, China won absolute gold in 4 basic events such as men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s team, women’s team, but in the new content of men’s doubles women they lost their medals to their hosts. This is the first time that the event has been included in the Olympics, Japan has shown that it has been planning for a long time to win this gold medal from the Chinese.
The couple Jun Mizutani / Mima Ito made history in sports when they won the first Olympic gold medal in table tennis for Japan. The victory made more sense as they defeated the Chinese pair Xu Xin / Liu Shiwen in the final.
Not stopping, Mima Ito (Japan) also won silver and bronze medals in other events. No other athlete has ever achieved such a feat, especially at the same Olympics. Specifically, the 20-year-old Japanese female tennis player won the gold medal in the men’s and women’s doubles, the silver in the women’s team event and the bronze in the women’s singles at the sports festival in her home country.
Thus, Mima Ito is the first player in history to win both gold, silver and bronze in one Olympics.
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