Gao, 3 teens among winners at table tennis trials



CARY, N.C. (AP) — Gao Jun breezed through the U.S. Olympic table tennis trials.

The top seed won three matches Sunday to finish 11-0 and claim one of four women’s berths in the North American Trials.

The other spots went to teenagers: 16-year-old Ariel Hsing, 15-year-old Lily Zhang and 15-year-old Erica Wu. They all finished 9-2.

The 43-year-old Jun is a four-time Olympian who chose at the last minute to play the trials. She lost only seven sets all weekend, and no player seeded lower than fifth claimed a set against her.

Michael Landers (9-2), Barney Reed (8-3), Timothy Wang (8-3) and Adam Hugh (8-3) claimed the four men’s spots.

Those eight will return to Cary for the continental trials in April. The top three men and two women advance to the Olympics.