Chinese secured the third table tennis gold medal atthe 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Tuesday, after easilyrounding up the team final against Germany instraight three games.
It has been the 27th Olympic gold medal won byChina in table tennis since the sport was introducedat the 1988 Seoul Games.
Their opponents, unexpected finalists whooutlasted the 2012 London Olympic runners-upJapan in full five games Monday in the semis,however, should be satisfied after settling for asilver, a first ever Olympic medal in history for Germany's women paddlers.
With two Grand Slam winners and the current world No. 1 Liu Shiwen in the team, China'shead coach Kong Linghui, a Grand Slam winner himself 16 years ago, faced no dilemma inlining up his squad.
Keeping in mind that German Chinese Han Ying is the top force on the other end of the table,Kong opted for Liu to follow up Li Xiaoxia in the opening two games, rather than newly crownedsingles champion Ding Ning, who's not as good as the duo at playing choppers.
The match turned exactly as what Kong expected as Li overcame fierce resistance from theseventh-ranked Han 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 before the 25-year-old Liu made short work of the localborn German Solja 11-3, 11-5, 11-4.
China only conceded one set in the third and doubles game, as the pair of Liu and Dingsurrendering the third set 11-9 to Solja and another German Chinese Shan Xiaona but finallywrapping it up 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7.