Table tennis hopes dashed

Singapore's dream of winning a table tennis medal at a third consecutive Olympics came to an end early this morning (Singapore time).

The Republic's trio of Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu and Zhou Yihan were defeated 3-1 by Japan in the bronze medal play-off match in Rio de Janeiro.

Although Yu got off to a bright start, beating Ai Fukuhara, Singapore's top paddler Feng crashed 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 to Kasumi Ishikawa.


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The Japanese doubles duo of Mima Ito and Fukuhara dispatched the pairing of Zhou and Yu before Ito clinched the bronze medal with a convincing 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 win over Feng.

The Singapore women's team had won two bronzes at the 2012 London Games and in 2008, bagged a silver.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2016, with the headline 'Table tennis hopes dashed'. Print Edition | Subscribe