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Ma Long and Jun Mizutani produce epic table tennis rally at Rio 2016

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Football News
24/7

Many of the sports in the Olympics simply astonish us mere mortals at just how good the professional athletes taking part are.

Gymnastics is usually the event that leaves many jaws dropped at the physical brilliance displayed, but now table tennis has given us a moment to truly savour at Rio 2016, leaving many staring at their televisions wondering how it was possible.

Ma Long of China and Japanese opponent Jun Mizutani produced a quite breathtaking rally in their fiercely fought semi-final encounter, totalling an incredible 46 shots in total.

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The sensational rally can be seen in the video below:

The variety of shots, athletic ability and hawk-eye reflexes make for a quite outstanding snippet of a sport rarely seen on our television screens.

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Long, the world's number one paddler, eventually defeated Mizutani 4-2, despite a spirited comeback from the which saw the game placed at 3-2 at one point after Long had lead 3-0.

The final will see an all-Chinese affair with Zhang Jike defeating Belarusian Vladimir Samsonov 4-1. Will we see a better rally than this in the final, though? I doubt it.

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Topics:
Athletics
Commonwealth Games
Usain Bolt
Olympics
Mo Farah
China Olympic Team

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