Chinese Wang Liqin pushed aside Swedish veteran Jan-Ove Waldner
for the men's singles bronze medal in the table tennis tournament
of the Olympic Games on Monday.
The 26-year-old Wang, men's double winner in Sydney four years
ago, dictated the match despite the first game loss before he beat
Waldner, 13 years his senior, 4-1 (10-12, 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 and
1992 Barcelona Olympics singles champion Waldner looked anxious
during the 24-minute match before he surrendered the victory to his
Chinese rival with a missed service.
Waldner will be back home without a medal from the Games after
he was also shut outside of the doubles' semi-finals by Michael
Maze and Finn Tugwell of Denmark on Thursday.
(Xinhua News Agency August 23, 2004)