Chinese Li takes TT gold in controversial finalAugust 2nd, 2012 - 12:05 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Li Xiaoxia of China beat teammate Ding Ning in a controversial Olympic women’s singles table tennis final here Wednesday.
Li, 24, won 11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4.
The fourth game saw controversy that reduced Ding Ning, the top-ranked world champion, to tears and effectively ended her challenge.
With Li 8-2 up, Ding was shown a red card for dissent after approaching the umpire about a serve fault.
Ding did not appear to be protesting, and seemed to have merely made a polite inquiry.
Visibly distraught, Ding was unable to maintain the fight and capitulated 4-11 in the final game.
Earlier Wednesday, Feng Tianwei of Singapore won the bronze medal match, destroying Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa four games to nil.
It was Singapore’s third medal in Olympic history, a feat that left Feng, who won team silver in Beijing, visibly moved as she left the arena.
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