The People's Republic of China defeated Japan, the holders, 5-3 win the men's team event in the Asian table tennis championships in Yokahama, Japan, on Sunday (7 April).
GV Japanese and Chinese teams enter to applause (2 shots)
MV Team captains exchange flags and Chinese team walk off as crowd looks on (2 shots)
STV Hsi En-tin (China) on left serving against Hasegawa and wins point; Hsi serves again and wins second point as crowd watches (2 shorts)
SV Hasegawa serves, long rally Hsi wins point and the crowd applauds (2 shots)
MV Members of Japanese team
MV Hasegawa serves, wins point and walks off, applauded
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SPORT: TABLE TENNIS
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Background: The People's Republic of China defeated Japan, the holders, 5-3 win the men's team event in the Asian table tennis championships in Yokahama, Japan, on Sunday (7 April). As a result, the Chinese were the only undefeated team in the eight-nation round-robin finals.
But Sunday's eight-game contest fluctuated entertainingly before the Chinese won through. In the first match -- featured in this coverage -- Japan's Nobuhiko Hasegawa managed to beat Hsi En-tin despite losing the first game. The result: 17-21, 21-12, 21-18.
The Chinese, however, proved formidable opponents and finally upset the top-seeded Japanese team.
On the same day, there was a complete reversal in the women's team event, where the Japanese beat the Chinese -- the holders -- to win the title.
SYNOPSIS: In the first game -- Hsi En-ting of the Chinese team on the left serving against Japan's Nobuko Hasegawa, and winning a couple of good points on the way to taking the first game 21-17.
Hasegawa bounced right back to take the second game 21-12. The match enthralled the crowd at yokohama Gymnasium with some superb rallies. His En-ting took this hard-fought point.
Hasegawa serving for match point. And he won this final game 21-18 to take the match. But the Chinese took the team event, winning five of the eight matches against the Japanese. There was later a complete reversal in the women's team event, won by Japan when they beat the holders -- the Chinese team.