Two teams booked their spots in the men’s semifinals Sunday morning as the table tennis action continued from the Riocentro.
China continued their march to the gold medal with a sweep of Team GB in the day’s first quarterfinal. Proceedings started brightly for the Brits when Liam Pitchford took the first set of his match against the man who took home the single’s gold in Rio, Ma Long. But it was downhill from there as the Chinese stamped their mark on the game, winning each line at 3-1 to take the match in a sweep.
They’ll take on South Korea in the first men’s semifinal Monday afternoon after the Koreans were 3-1 winners over Sweden. South Korea’s team, which sports three players in the top twenty in the world, had little trouble dispatching the Swedes. After splitting the opening pair of singles lines, the Koreans won the doubles point in a shutout. Jung Young-Sik then put an end to the whole affair with a 3-1 victory over Kristian Karlsson to take the Koreans to the last four.
The men’s quarterfinals continue starting at 2:00 PM ET as Japan take on Hong Kong and Germany squares up against Austria. You can watch it all streaming live on NBCOlympics.com.