Japan claims table tennis bronze over South Korea

Posted at 9:44 PM, Aug 05, 2021

Japan has a men's team table tennis medal for the second-straight Olympics, chasing their silver from Rio with a bronze at home in Tokyo.

The Japanese team of Jun MizutaniTomokazu Harimoto, and Koki Niwa beat South Korea 3-1 on Friday to ensure a place on the podium on home soil.

Mizutani and Niwa opened the event with a 3-1 win before Harimoto, the current No. 4 ranked player in the world, beat Jang Woo-jin 3-1.

Jeoung Young-sik slowed the celebrations with a 3-0 defeat of Niwa, but Mizutani handed Woo-jin a loss by the same score to seal the bronze.

China and Germany will tangle for gold later Friday.