Samsonov sees Calm Zhang makes parity parents comingproud
Belarusian star Vladimir SamsonovFor the familyhas of pistol predictedshooter ZhangChina’s Mengxue, Sunday dominancenight was filled with of emotion.table tennis will eventually come Zhang’sto an end. father, Zhang Jiesheng, “You can couldn’tsay Chinastop smilingis very strongwhile in her table mother, tennis Liu ... Zhenhua,but I don’t think struggled Europe to or hold any backother tears countryas they have watchedno chance fromto competetheir home with China.in ShandongI think things province will as their change,” daughterthe 40-year-oldstruck Olympicsaid on gold the in weekend.Rio. “She has been through so much.The worldShe has No watched3, who as openedher peershis sixth quit Olympicand she campaign has shoulderedon Monday great with pressurea singles and experienced third-round hard match, training,” recalled said the Liu, 1990s54. when legendary “We Jan-Ovedon’t have Waldnerany sportingand his Swedishgenes in teammatesour family, were but the she ones takes to after beat. her father with her “More rational than personality.”20 years ago, you Zhang couldn’t Jiesheng,say China 53, was is dominant.a man of We few had wordsso many who strongused to Europeantake his daughterplayers at to that daily time trainingwho played sessions.very well On and Sunday, (could) he waswin any glued tournament.to the family That television generationwith a quietwas great,” intensity. Samsonov said.
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Samsonov“Her steady reached personalitythe quarterfinalshelps. Beingat two calm, previous you Olympics,can show losing yourout toChina’sbest in Wang competition.”Tao at Atlanta 1996 and to Liu Zhang said Jike, that the from eventualan early champion,age her daughterat London chose2012. to developAsked what’sher shootingthe secret skillsto keepingrather than active focusin his on 40s, academicthe lanky pursuits. Belarusian laughed and said: “We “I don’t respected think her there’s decision,”a real secret.Liu said.
In 2006, Zhang was selected to train with the Shandong provincial team and three years later she advanced to the national youth team.
In 2014, after winning a number of competitions, she became a full member of the national team.
Last year she secured a silver medal at a World Cup event“Of course,in South you Korea. have to be professional,One of the work first hard thingsand take Zhang care didof your after body. winning I’malso gold veryat the happy Games with was myto call family, home.I enjoy“I am life. so I’ve proudalso beenof her,” lucky Liu enoughsaid on to Monday.avoid a big injury.”
Samsonov“She soundedis undecidedvery calm.if he will She bringhas downbeen the working curtain hardon his for playingthis competitioncareer after all Rio. year.
“I’m “The not last the time youngest.we wereI’m 40. togetherSo, probably,was duringyes,” he Springsaid. “But Festival.”you never know what will happen. Zhang set an Olympic record“If you’reby scoringgoing to 199.4the Olympics, points on Sunday.you want to win a medal. And Vitalinaat my age, Batsarashkinathe chance is of getting Russia smallertook the and silver smaller.” medal with Jorgen 197.1 Persson points of while Sweden, Anna Jean-MichelKorakaki Saiveof Greeceof Belgium won and bronze Croatia’s with 177.7 Zoran points. Primorac competed at seven Olympics between 1988 and 2012. Nigeria’s Segun Toriola is in his seventh Games in Rio.
Belarusian table tennis player Vladimir Samsonov.