Timothy Wang claims Olympic table tennis berth
Sunday, April 22, 2012
CARY, N.C. (AP) -- American Timothy Wang claimed the final men's singles spot in the Olympics.
The 20-year-old from Houston earned the berth in the London Games by beating countryman Barney Reed in five games Sunday in the semifinals of the third tournament at the North American table tennis qualifier.
The third spot had to go to an American because each national Olympic committee is limited to two players per gender in singles and the first two qualifiers -- Andre Ho and Pierre-Luc Hinse -- were Canadians.
Since the other semifinal consisted of two players from Canada, the Wang-Reed semifinal became a play-in match for a spot in London.