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01 Aug 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Table Tennis

Li edges out Ding to claim gold - London 2012 - Table Tennis

Li Xiaoxia caused an upset against Chinese compatriot Ding Ning to claim gold in the women's Singles Table Tennis competition.

Much of the focus heading into the battle was on 22-year-old Ding, who last year won the World Cup and World Championships.

That meant she needed to emerge victorious at the Games to complete a Grand Slam, following in the footsteps of the great Zhang Yining.

But world number three and second seed Li had other ideas, with the 24-year-old's added power proving too much for Ding, who had to settle for silver after losing a tense encounter 4-1 (11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4).

Singapore's Feng Tianwei scooped her second medal by overcoming Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa to take bronze.

Feng prevailed 4-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3), adding to the Team silver won alongside Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu in Beijing 2008.

Li said afterwards: 'I'm very excited. This has been my dream since being a little girl. I dreamed of being an Olympic champion.

'We are the same level but today I performed better than I expected.'

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