Victory saw the 24-year-old top seed become the first male player in history to win successive World Championship and Olympic titles.
LONDON: China’s Zhang Jike won the Olympic men’s singles table tennis gold medal as he completed a career grand slam by defeating compatriot Wang Hao 4-1 in the final on Thursday.
Victory saw 24-year-old top seed Zhang become the first male player in history to win successive World Championship and Olympic titles.
Zhang stormed into a 3-0 lead before number two seed Wang, singles silver medallist at both the 2004 and 2008 Games, hit back.
But Zhang held his nerve for an 18-16, 11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 13-11 win over the 27-year-old Wang, the 2009 world champion, in a final which confirmed China’s status as table tennis’s pre-eminent nation.