Taiwan wins bronze at world table tennis match
May 5, 2014, 12:12 am TWN
TAIPEI--Taiwan took third place in the men's team division of the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships Sunday — the best Taiwan has ever done in the tournament — after losing three games in a row to their Chinese rivals in the semi-finals held in Tokyo.
Taiwanese player Chen Chien-an was the first to be routed when Chinese rival Xu Xin beat him 3-0 in the Men's Championship Division final earlier in the day.
Chuang Chih-yuan, Taiwan's top-ranked table tennis player, was then defeated by Chinese player Ma Long 3-0, before Huang Sheng-sheng, Taiwan's third player, lost to Chinese player Zhang Jike 3-1.
Despite their defeat, the Taiwanese players will come home with a bronze medal for the division, the best Taiwan has ever done at the championship.
Taiwan entered the semifinals after beating South Korea 3-2 Saturday in a shootout that lasted more than three hours.
The World Table Tennis Championships, which opened April 28, have been held since 1926 and biennially since 1957. The tournament is set to conclude Monday.