It was a all-China final for the Table Tennis Women’s Singles event of the Rio 2016 Olympics where China’s Ding Ning beat team mate and defending champion Li Xiaoxia 4-3 in a high-speed battle of spins and smashes to win Olympic gold.
Li Xiaoxia has to settle for the Silver medal.
The final match was a repeat of London 2012 finals where both these players had featured, but the result was different this time around.
The two were matched set for set throughout, winning points by returning hard-of-reach shots, using trickery and sharp smashes before Li slid behind in the final set, eventually losing 11-7.
Feng Tianwei of Singapore defeated Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa to win the bronze medal 4-1.
In photo above, you can seen Table Tennis Women’s Singles medal winners – from left to right – China’s Li Xiaoxia (Silver), China’s Ding Ning (Gold), North Korea’s Kim Song-i (Bronze) with medals on podium during medal presentation ceremony.