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China takes two golds

SEOGWIPO (SOUTH KOREA): China won two gold medals on Thursday in the Asian table tennis championship but was denied a clean sweep of the three titles on offer on the first finals day.

Hong Kong duo Ko Lai-Chak and Li Ching came back from 3-2 down to win the men's doubles gold from Chinese favourites and top seeds Wang Liqin and Chen Qi 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8.

Ko and Li, silver medallists in last year's Olympics in Athens, overcame a major threat earlier in the day. They dispatched South Korea's top pairing, Ryu Seung-Min, the singles gold medallist in Athens, and Choi Hyun-Jin 11-7, 12-10, 13-15, 11-7, 11-6.

Important results:

Finals:

Men's doubles: Ko Lai-Chak and Li Ching (HK) bt Wang Liqin and Chen Qi (Chn) 3-2.

Mixed doubles: Wang Li and Chen Qi bt Ko Lai-Chak and Zhang Rui 4-0. Women's doubles: Guo Yan and Liu Shiwen bt Guo Yue and Niu Jianfeng 4-2.

Singles: Indian performances: Third round: Yoon Jae Young (Kor) bt Pratik Mehta 4-1; Yang Zi (Sin) bt S. Kamal 4-3; Leung Chu Yan (HK) bt Subhajit Saha (Ind) 4-0. — Agencies

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