China beats World Team in men`s table tennis

Shanghai: China claimed the men`s crown at an international table tennis competition on Saturday, while the women went down to their foreign rivals for the first time in the event`s three-year history.

China`s Ma Long, Xu Xin and Ma Lin trounced their World Team rivals from Germany, Japan and Seoul 4-1 in a team challenge in Shanghai.

The World Team women`s 3-2 victory on Friday -- spearheaded by Singapore`s Feng Tianwei and Hong Kong`s Tie Yana -- marked the first time China had lost since the team challenge started three years ago.

The two wins for the Chinese women came in the first and last matches, with Guo Yan and Feng Yalan both beating Korea`s Kim Kyung Ah.

Bureau Report