Sports: Singapore miss out on bronze in women’s team table tennis

(From Channel News Asia)

Singapore could not retain their Olympic table tennis bronze medal in the women’s team event on Tuesday (Aug 16) after a 3-1 defeat to Japan in the battle for third place.

Kasumi Ishikawa (JPN) of Japan, Ai Fukuhara (JPN) of Japan, Mima Ito (JPN) of Japan and their coach Yasukazu Murakami celebrate after winning their match against Singapore. (Source: Reuters)

Kasumi Ishikawa (JPN) of Japan, Ai Fukuhara (JPN) of Japan, Mima Ito (JPN) of Japan and their coach Yasukazu Murakami celebrate after winning their match against Singapore. (Source: Reuters)

Japanese prodigy Mima Ito, who is just 15 years old, delivered the stunning final blow to the 2012 bronze medallists, who ended the competition in Rio without a medal this time.

Their trio of Ito, Ai Fukuhara and Kasumi Ishikawa were composed, aggressive and stood up to Singapore’s experience in a stadium that richly and vocally supported them. Read more



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