Hong Kong Women’s Table Tennis Team Qualifies for 2024 Paris Olympics: Defeating Poland and Reaching Semi-Finals

2024-02-21 15:09:24

[Sports Road Busan Direct Attack]The knockout round of the 2024 World Table Tennis Team Championship started today (21st). The Hong Kong women’s table tennis team, which qualified first in the group, defeated Poland 3:1 in the top 16, achieving the goal of advancing to the top 8 and qualifying for the Paris Olympics. The women’s team qualifications are obtained. After the game, all members of the Hong Kong team were very excited. Among them, To Kai-chan, who has suffered from injuries in recent years, could not help but shed “heroic tears”. The scene was touching. After the Hong Kong women’s table tennis team qualified, they will compete with Chinese Taipei to reach the semi-finals at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning (Hong Kong time) and head towards medals.

Du Kaiqin showed a satisfied smile after establishing the victory.Du Kaiqin showed a satisfied smile after establishing the victory.

Du Kaiqin showed a satisfied smile after establishing the victory.

Since the establishment of team events in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Hong Kong team has qualified for the Olympics in every event. Together with this year’s Paris Olympics, it has been the fifth consecutive year to participate in this four-year international stage. Du Kaiqin, who will participate in the Olympics for the third time, told “Tilu” that qualifying this year is much more difficult than the past two: “It means a lot to me to enter the Olympics again because it is my third time. I think it was the most difficult of the three years.” She continued: “The first time I was completely confused; the second time I was more serious about it; and then this year, I actually found it very difficult, because I have been injured all the time, and my performance has been poor in the past year. In addition to facing injuries, I also have to face losing, and I have to actively adjust myself. It is not easy. So. I think this year is of great significance, but at the same time, I have to remind myself to enjoy every moment.” The Hong Kong women’s table tennis team won a historic team bronze medal at the last Tokyo Olympics. “Adu” hopes to also seek a breakthrough in the Paris Olympics: ” Of course, I’m definitely aiming for a medal, but I won’t put too much pressure on myself.”

Du Kaiqin accepted hugs and congratulations from Lin Yinuo and Li Haoqing.Du Kaiqin accepted hugs and congratulations from Lin Yinuo and Li Haoqing.

Du Kaiqin accepted hugs and congratulations from Lin Yinuo and Li Haoqing.

“Adu” has been troubled by injuries to her right hand last year. She strained her right thigh before the group match in this year’s tournament. As a result, she had to hold back for the match against Kazakhstan. After today’s game, she had to apply it on her right hand and right foot. ice cubes. When asked about the progress of the injury, she said that she had a lot of help from “elegant people”: “Actually, my elbow has recovered almost 90%. I feel very grateful because there are noble people helping me. It’s like a miracle; as for my feet, The injury is more sudden and will happen when playing high-intensity games.”

“Adu” burst into tears after hugging the team doctor.

Adu's right hand and right foot will need to be iced after the game.Adu's right hand and right foot will need to be iced after the game.

Adu’s right hand and right foot will need to be iced after the game.

The 31-year-old Li Haoqing is currently the eldest member of the Hong Kong women’s team. She has already competed in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics, reaching the top eight. In the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, she will join forces with “Adu” and Su Huiyin to brave the competition. Winning the bronze medal has witnessed the ups and downs of the women’s table tennis team over the years. If she is called up by the Hong Kong team to compete in the Paris Olympics again this time, she will become a “veteran of four dynasties”. She said after the game: “I feel very deeply after successfully qualifying this time because I played very poorly at the Chengdu World Championships last time. My mentality at the time was that I was lost for a time after the Olympics. At that time, I didn’t know what I was doing. After winning the Olympics, why do I still fight? Then I feel like God and the team gave me a chance to make up for it this time.” She added: “I feel like God and the team still believe in me after I played so poorly last time. , let me play, I feel very deep and grateful, because you don’t often get a second chance.” She also believes that participating in the Olympics is a natural result and will not put too much pressure on herself. “On the contrary, now I Even more, we enjoy every game and cherish every game. We have only completed the first stage goal, and there will be tomorrow’s game. “8 into 4” is our second goal. I definitely want to continue to compete for medals.”

Li HaoqingLi Haoqing

Li Haoqing

As for Zhu Chengzhu, who is regarded as Su Huiyin’s successor, he said: “Everyone said before setting off that the first eight were the goals, and now they have really achieved it, but because it was only my first time to participate, I didn’t realize what it was. Of course, being among the The Olympic stage is everyone’s dream, and I feel like I’m in a ‘tightening dream’.”

Zhu ChengzhuZhu Chengzhu

Zhu Chengzhu

Although Lin Yinuo and Wu Yonglin did not have a chance to play in this tournament, they also contributed a lot on the sidelines. Every time their teammates scored, the two would jump up and applaud vigorously. When they lost, they would speak out to comfort their teammates and continue Cheer up. 27-year-old Lin Yinuo competed for the first time this year. She said with a smile: “We have prepared a lot of throat lozenges, so we don’t have to worry about sore throats! And we are all very proud to be part of this group together, because seeing everyone Even if they are in different positions, they are dedicated to this team.” Wu Yonglin was already a member of the Hong Kong women’s team last time, and her mother and brother came to Busan this time to cheer for her and the Hong Kong team. The 20-year-old rookie is also proud of his teammates: “I know my teammates are under a lot of pressure before the game, but seeing them perform to a very good level on the court, I am very proud of them, for this goal of the top 8 , everyone worked very hard, preparing to watch videos before the game, or studying how to practice, and did a lot of things, and finally succeeded, I am really happy! I saw the senior sisters performing their best in such a stressful situation. level, I still benefited a lot!”

The cheers of Wu Yonglin and Lin Yinuo echoed throughout the audience.The cheers of Wu Yonglin and Lin Yinuo echoed throughout the audience.

The cheers of Wu Yonglin and Lin Yinuo echoed throughout the audience.

Wu Yonglin's mother and brother also came to Busan to cheer her up.Wu Yonglin's mother and brother also came to Busan to cheer her up.

Wu Yonglin’s mother and brother also came to Busan to cheer her up.

Last 8 in the women's group.Last 8 in the women's group.

Last 8 in the women’s group.

2024 World Table Tennis Team Championship
RTHK TV 32 live broadcast information
February 20: Group stage
February 21: Round of 24 and Round of 16
February 22: Semi-finals
February 23: Men’s semi-finals and women’s semi-finals
February 24: Men’s semi-finals and women’s finals
February 25: Men’s finals
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Host and commentator: Qiu Yuqin, Bei Kehong, Deng Guoji, Liu Yaozu, Su Huiyin

Pictures and text: Vincent Busan Direct

(Original article published on the website of the Table Tennis Federation of Hong Kong, China)

This article is written by “Sportsroad“Originally published in “Table Tennis World Championships Direct | Hong Kong women’s experience of qualifying for the Olympics and understanding the competition for medals in Chinese Taipei

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