Asian Games: Bronze for table tennis duo Gao Ning and Li Hu despite s-final loss

Singapore men's paddlers Gao Ning and Li Hu clinched the 12th bronze medal for Singapore at the Incheon Asian Games on Friday, despite losing their men's doubles semi-final match against China's Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE 
Singapore men's paddlers Gao Ning and Li Hu clinched the 12th bronze medal for Singapore at the Incheon Asian Games on Friday, despite losing their men's doubles semi-final match against China's Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE 

SINGAPORE men's paddlers Gao Ning and Li Hu clinched the 12th bronze medal for Singapore at the Incheon Asian Games on Friday.

Despite losing their men's doubles semi-final match against China's Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong 13-11, 8-11, 5-11, 8-11, 9-11, they still won the medal as there is no third-place play-off for losing semi-finalists in this competition.

The duo, who are two-time men's doubles champions at the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Grand Finals, started their semi-final clash brightly, but errors crept into their game in the middle of the second game, and they crumbled under the incessant Chinese attack in the final three games.

This is Singapore's second medal from table tennis at this Games, after the women's team landed a bronze on Monday despite losing their semi-final clash against Japan.