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Zhang Jike retains men’s singles title at table tennis worlds

Fourth seed Zhang Jike retained his men’s singles title at the World Table Tennis Championships by beating third seed Wang Hao in an all-Chinese final in Paris on Monday, xinhuanet.com reports. Zhang’s win was a repeat of the final at the 2011 Rotterdam World Championships and the 2012 London Olympic Games, where he defeated Wang to become the first men’s singles world champion to win Olympic men’s singles gold medal. He beat the 30-year-old Wang 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-7 to keep an unbeaten record against the veteran penholder in the four years’ major international competitions. Zhang threw his shirt to the crowd and ran up to the stand to celebrate the victory with his parents. “Since I have already won a Grand Slam of Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup, I did not feel nervous during the match. I just want to enjoy the match,” Zhang said. “I beat Wang Hao maybe because I am younger than him. But I don’t think there is loser. Both of us were relaxed during the match.”

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