Japanese combined doubles pair Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito claimed their nation’s first ever Olympic desk tennis gold medal on Monday, ending years of Chinese dominance with a comeback victory on dwelling soil. China had gained each Olympic title within the sport since a males’s singles triumph for South Korean Ryu Seung-min within the 2004 Athens Games, however Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen blew a two-game lead in an exhilarating ultimate in Tokyo.
Mizutani and Ito raced into an 8-Zero benefit within the deciding recreation and closed it out when Xu hit a return into the online, with the Japanese pair successful 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6.
Liu and Xu, the reigning world champions, appeared shocked by their defeat as their opponents embraced and celebrated a well-known triumph.
The victory additionally despatched the host nation to the highest of the general Olympics medals desk on the finish of the day’s motion with eight golds, yet another than the United States.
Before this, China had gained a exceptional 28 of 32 golds in Olympic desk tennis historical past and had been closely tipped for an additional clear sweep within the Japanese capital.
“We had been defeated so many occasions by China on the Olympics and world championships, however we gained revenge on the Tokyo Olympics, I’m so blissful,” mentioned Mizutani.
Second seeds Mizutani and Ito had been getting ready to a quarter-final exit on Sunday towards German duo Patrick Franziska and Petrissa Solja, however saved seven match factors to win 16-14 in a seventh recreation.
This was the primary time the combined doubles occasion had been performed on the Olympics.
Ito, 20, mentioned: “I’m so blissful. I used to be capable of do it to the tip with out giving up. I loved myself all through the match.”
Cheng I-ching and Lin Yun-ju secured bronze for Taiwan with an 11-8, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 win over French pair Emmanuel Lebesson and Yuan Jia Nan.
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