Olympics: Chen Feng bows out of table tennis singles after 1-4 loss to Finland's Benedek Olah

Chen in action against Finland's Benedek Olah. Chen said the nerves of playing his first Olympics got the better of him.
Chen in action against Finland's Benedek Olah. Chen said the nerves of playing his first Olympics got the better of him.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Chen Feng in action against Finland's Benedek Olah (in blue).
Chen Feng in action against Finland's Benedek Olah (in blue).ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Singapore table tennis player Chen Feng's first Olympics lasted just 40 minutes or so, after he lost in his opening match in the singles. 

The world No. 117 was beaten 4-11, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 6-11 by Finland's Benedek Olah at RioCentro Pavilion 3. 

Up against a 1.93m and higher ranked (No. 70) opponent, Chen said the nerves of playing his first Olympics got the better of him. 

"I was too nervous. Everthing felt totally different from what it was like in practice and I couldn't put anything that I've done during practice into good use," he said, shortly after his loss. 

"My nerves affected my technique and ability to react quickly."

Team-mate Gao Ning, Singapore's other male paddler fielded in the singles, will begin his Olympic campaign in the second round on Sunday afternoon (Brazil time).

Yu Mengyu will play her first match in the women's singles in the evening.