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Korea picks up 2 medals in table tennis as gold drought continues

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Lim Jong-hoon, left, and Jang Woo-jin of South Korea celebrate a point against Chuang Chih-Yuan and Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei during the semifinals of the men's doubles table tennis match at the Asian Games at the Gongshu Canal Sports Park Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, on Oct. 1. Yonhap

South Korea collected two more medals in table tennis at the Asian Games in China, Sunday, though its ping pong gold medal drought continued for another day.

Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon lost to Fan Zhendong and Wang Chuqin of China 4-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 11-3) in the men's doubles final at Gongshu Canal Sports Park Gymnasium in Hangzhou.

With China reigning supreme for years, South Korea has not won a gold in table tennis since 2002.

Fan and Wang, the world Nos. 1 and 2 in the men's singles, proved too much for Jang and Lim, who are collectively ranked No. 1 in the men's doubles but are 13th and 17th, respectively, in the singles rankings.

Earlier in the day, South Korea's Shin Yu-bin settled for bronze in the women's singles after losing to Sun Yingsha of China in the semifinals.

South Korea has so far won six medals in table tennis: silver in the men's team and men's doubles, and a bronze each in the women's singles and women's team, and two bronzes in the mixed doubles.

South Korea will compete in the semifinals of the women's doubles and the men's singles, Monday, the last day of table tennis matches.

With semifinal losers all awarded bronze medals, South Korea has secured at least a medal in every event of table tennis. (Yonhap)


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