Olympic table tennis: China forces into the men`s team final

Updated: Aug 06, 2012, 23:04 PM IST

London: China`s men`s table tennis team beat Germany 3-1 in a close game Monday to march into the final of the Olympic Games here.

China`s Ma Long defeated Germany`s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, London Olympic bronze medallist, 3-1 in the first singles match.

Germany`s Timo Boll, who failed to enter the men`s singles quarter-finals, beat China`s Zhang Jike, the new Olympic singles gold medallist, in the second match (3-1).

Chinese pair Wang Hao-Zhang won the middle match by beating German pair Bastian Steger-Boll 3-1.

Ma secured China`s victory in the fourth match against Steger 3-0.

China will face the winner between Hong Kong, China and South Korea in the final Wednesday.

IANS