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Ding Ning gets sweet revenge against teammate for singles gold

By Agencies

China's Ding Ning beat teammate Li Xiaoxia in the women's table tennis final on Wednesday, reversing the result from four years ago.

When the 26-year-old Ding lost to Li in the final at the 2012 London Games, she broke down in tears. In Rio de Janeiro, there were tears again as she dropped to her knees in celebration.

Chinese women have won every gold singles medal since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988.

Before the Rio de Janeiro Games, China had won all but four of the table tennis gold medals at the Olympics. The country took all the golds at the past two games, and it has made a good start to doing it again in Rio. Each nation is only allowed two players in singles.

Ding Ning gets sweet revenge against teammate for singles gold
China's Ding Ning returns the ball against her compatriot Li Xiaoxia during the women's singles gold medal match of table tennis at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 10, 2016. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)
Ding Ning gets sweet revenge against teammate for singles gold
China's Ding Ning (left) shakes hands with her compatriot Li Xiaoxia after the women's singles gold medal match of table tennis at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 10, 2016. (Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

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