Olympics: China's Ma wins men's table tennis gold

Ma Long of China holds his gold medal from the men's singles table tennis match on Aug 11 during the Rio Olympics.
Ma Long of China holds his gold medal from the men's singles table tennis match on Aug 11 during the Rio Olympics. PHOTO: REUTERS
Ma Long of China celebrates after winning his match against Zhang Jike of China during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Ma Long of China celebrates after winning his match against Zhang Jike of China during the 2016 Rio Olympics.PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - China's top seed Ma Long swept aside defending champion Zhang Jike in straight sets to be crowned men's Olympic table tennis champion in Rio on Thursday.

The 14-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 success gave Ma the grand slam of Olympic, world championship, World Cup and world Tour titles.

And it left China's table tennis team on course for a third consecutive clean-sweep of gold medals at the Olympics after scooping up every title at Beijing and London.