Dimitrij Ovtcharov won bronze in the men's individual table tennis tournament Thursday. It is Germany's second-ever medal in the competition. Judoka Dimitri Peters also won bronze in the men's 100-kilogram judo class.
German Dimitrij Ovtcharov defeated Chih-Yuan Chuang of Taiwan Thursday to claim the bronze medal in the men's individual table tennis tournament. It is the first individual medal for Ovtcharov, who also won silver in the team competition four years ago in Beijing.
It was redemption for the Ukranian-born Ovtcharov after falling to world number one Zhang Jike of China in the semifinals earlier in the day. It is only the second medal for Germany in the men's individual competition. Jörg Rosskopf also won bronze at the 1996 games in Atlanta.
He opened the match with a close 12-10 win over Chuang, but the Taiwanese player bounced back, winning the next two games. After that, it was all Ovtcharov. The 23-year-old won the next three games, securing his second Olympic medal.
The bronze medal is a welcome high point for Ovtcharov, who just two years ago was the subject of a doping ban handed down by the German Table Tennis Federation in September 2010. He denied the allegations and appealed the ban, which was overturned one month later.
On Wednesday, fellow German Timo Boll, a strong favorite to medal at the competition, lost to Romanian Adrian Crisan in the fourth round.
Ovtcharov, Boll, and teammate Bastian Steger resume play on Saturday for the first round of the men's team competition. The trio will hope to do one better than their performance four years ago in Beijing that saw them win silver.
Bronze for Peters
German Judoka Dimitri Peters captured bronze in the men's 100-kilogram class competition Wednesday after defeating Ramziddin Sayidov of Uzbekistan in the semifinals. It is the first Olympic medal for the 28-year-old, who lost to eventual winner Tagir Khaibulaev in the semifinals.
It was the second major tournament medal for the Russian-born Peters. He also won bronze at the 2006 European Championships in Finland.
Henk Grol of the Netherlands beat South Korean Hee-Tae Hwang to win the second bronze medal. Like boxing, the Judo competition awards two bronze medals.