Beijing 2008; both the men’s and women’s table-tennis finals have an all Chinese line up.
Four years on at London 2012 and nothing has changed.
The undoubted Chinese’s dominance in table-tennis must leave competitors from other nations wondering if there is any point in turning up to these events as the Chinese look unbeatable.
Zhang Jike yesterday completed the grand slam as he won the men’s singles final yesterday against Wang Hao.
Zhang Jike won another gold medal for the Chinese team at table-tennis.
In doing so, he became the fourth table-tennis player to win the grand slam, which includes the World Cup, World Championships and a gold medal at the Olympics.
It is a truly outstanding feat for a young man who, at the age of just 22, has plenty of years left in him to achieve more in the sport. He will surely be back to defend his crown at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Zhang was brilliant in a hugely competitive final against Wang. Zhang was made to work hard for the win as the first set went to a tie break which Zhang eventually won 18-16.