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Japan settles for silver in team table tennis

Japan managed to take a match off China but the two-time defending Olympic champions prevailed 3-1 in the end to win another gold medal in the men’s team event at the Rio Games on Wednesday. Jun Mizutani saved three match points to score his first career victory over Xu Xin ...

Japanese women remain on course for medal

Aug 14, 2016

Japanese women remain on course for medal

Japan took one more major step toward a Rio 2016 women’s team table tennis medal with a 3-0 quarterfinal win over Austria on Saturday. Earlier in the day, the Japan men’s team struggled and required all five matches, but got through Poland thanks to ...

Fukuhara, Mizutani advance to Olympic semifinals

Aug 10, 2016

Fukuhara, Mizutani advance to Olympic semifinals

Ai Fukuhara had one of the best wins of her career Tuesday, beating world No. 4 Feng Tianwei in straight games to move into the Rio Olympics women’s singles semifinals. Later in the day, countryman Jun Mizutani got past Marcos Freitas to progress to ...

Japan cruises into women's table tennis quarters

Aug 4, 2012

Japan cruises into women's table tennis quarters

Japan’s women’s medal quest in the London Olympic table tennis team competition began on a strong note Friday as they advanced to the quarterfinals with a comfortable first-round win over the United States. Ai Fukuhara prevailed in the opening singles match 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 ...

Aug 2, 2012

Table tennis back home in Britain


It’s commonly known that the British gave the world rugby and cricket and soccer (though football is the precise term used by the proud English and most of the civilized world). Long-ago independent Scotland, a fiercely proud member of the United Kingdom, can be ...

Aug 1, 2012

Fukuhara reaches quarterfinals

Japanese table tennis icon Ai Fukuhara staged a dramatic comeback Monday at the London Games to reach the women’s singles quarterfinals for the first time in three Olympics. Fifth-seeded Fukuhara outlasted Jie Li of the Netherlands 11-4, 8-11, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 in ...