The result of yesterday's Olympic Men Singles finals was 4-1, against Wang Hao. For the third consecutive time since 2004, Wang Hao settled with silver.
Although the results were the same, each defeat has a different impact on Wang Hao. It was total pain in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Four years after in Beijing, his defeat against Ma Lin was considered to be regretful. Last night, his defeat against Zhang Jike was what you call fate.
Fortunately, Wang Hao has accepted his fate openly, at least basing on what our eyes can see. There was no tension between the two after the match. They shook hands and hugged each other as a sign of sportsmanship and brotherhood as well.
In a press conference held after the awarding ceremony, Wang Hao was gracious enough to acknowledge his opponents strength. "Zhang Jike played really well. We are also very familiar with each other. In addition, I lost in all our recent fights so the final was a bad fight for me. I just wish Zhang Jike can lead the Chinese Men Team to glory." Wang Hao said.
Of course, a lot were also concerned about Wang Hao's true feelings on his third defeat. Going through three Olympic Games and failing to achieve the gold could really be frustrating. It is normal. But for Wang Hao, he admitted that he had accepted the result on a very relaxed manner.
"For three Olympic Games, I have been the runner up. I have gradually matured and stayed calm. I can already face defeat and handle it well." Wang Hao added.
Now that the Singles is all over, the Olympic table tennis will continue to the next part of the show, the Team event where Wang Hao, along with Zhang Jike and Ma Long, will be playing for the Chinese Team. "The Singles game is over so I should not think about it anymore. The Team competition is still coming. I need to adjust quickly." Wang Hao explained.
As for the future, Wang Hao would still like to extend his luck until the 2016. "I would like to play in 2016 but the competition within the team is very fierce. I hope to get the recognition and the support from the coaches." Wang Hao concluded.
On a recent interview of his personal coach, Wu Jingping has expressly said that the 2012 London Olympics will be the last for Wang Hao. Well, this is a bit contradicting to what Wang Hao is hoping for. But who knows, luck may still be on Wang Hao's side.
Wang Hao in the 2012 London Olympics
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