China wins another gold in Olympic table tennis



LONDON (AP) — China won another gold medal in a sport it dominates like no other, taking the women’s team table tennis title Tuesday with a 3-0 victory against Japan.

Despite the loss, Japan won the silver for its first medal of any color in table tennis at the Olympics since the sport entered in 1988.

China has won three gold medals in table tennis at the London Games, along with two silvers. It could complete the gold sweep in the team events by winning the men’s final on Wednesday against South Korea.

Table tennis — the Chinese call it pingpong — is China’s national pastime, and the country has now won 23 of 27 gold medals since ’88, and is almost certain to make it 24 of 28.

With three Chinese-born players, the Singapore women took the bronze medal, defeating South Korea 3-0.