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China’s Ma Long becomes fifth male Grand Slam winner at Rio Olympics

Aug 13, 2016 08:07 ISTShilpika Srivastava

Ma LongChina’s table tennis champion Ma Long on 11 August 2016 defeated China’s Zhang Jike by 4-0 to grab the gold medal in Table Tennis at Rio Olympics.

With the win, Long became the fifth male player to complete the Grand Slam, and the second male player ever to be the defending champion of all three majors at the same time. Jike was the first player to do so.

Jike clinched the silver medal.

About Ma Long

Born on 20 October 1988, Ma Long is a Chinese table tennis champion.

As of August 2016, he is ranked number 1 in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), which he has been for a total of 48 months, more than anybody else other than Wang Liqin (54 months).

He won a record 5 ITTF World Tour tournaments in a row.

With his victory in the Men's Singles event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he became the 5th player to win the three most important events in table tennis, i.e. the Olympics, World Championships and World Cup. The only other player who has done that is Deng Yaping.

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