Gao Ning (L) with teammate Clarence Chew (R) - Photo Credit: SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters
Gao Ning won a fourth career SEA Games gold medal in the Men’s Individual Table Tennis on Thursday with a victory in five sets over Richard Gonzales of the Philippines in the final.
Gao has now won four out of the last five individual titles in the SEA Games since his first appearance in 2007.
To the delight of a noisy crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the 32-year-old Gao triumphed 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3.
“I prepared quite well for this match and so I am happy to to get the gold medal,” said Gao. “The last two sets were my best because I could anticipate how the opponent was going to strike the ball”.
“I know when I come into the SEA Games that if I play well I can win a gold medal and thankfully that is how it went,” he said.
Singapore also picked up a bronze medal in the event with Clarence Chew reaching the semi-finals where he lost to Gonzales 11-4, 10-12, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 12-10.
The victory was a much-needed boost for Team Singapore after the disappointment in the Women’s Individual where Feng Tianwei lost 11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 9-11 to Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut.