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2012 Zhang vs Wang, a weird incident
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Author:  B-Con [ 31 Dec 2013, 05:06 ]
Post subject:  2012 Zhang vs Wang, a weird incident

I've recently picked up Table Tennis (casually) and over holiday break watched the 2012 Olympic singles gold medal match between Zhang and Wang on YouTube.

In the 4th set, there was a confusing point where Zhang had a decent scoring opportunity but suddenly eased up and didn't take it, then the two players traded a couple lazy returns before Wang let Zhang score. See the video:

(The set begins at 47m 47s. I think embedding is disabled for this video, so here's a link to that timestamp.)

That was a weird exchange for me to see, and the commentators were confused too. Is there a back-story on what happened there?

Author:  haggisv [ 31 Dec 2013, 13:50 ]
Post subject:  Re: 2012 Zhang vs Wang, a weird

I think Hao hit the ball off his shirt, which both players realised, so they stopped playing the ralley.

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