Hong Kong on Thursday won a historic bronze medal in the women's table tennis team event, after beating Germany 3-1.
The team’s best player Doo Hoi-kem was in action straight away, joining Lee Ho-ching in the first doubles match.
The pair took the first game 11-9, but the German duo of Shan Xiaona and Petrissa Solja took the next three games, 11-5, 11-7, 15-13.
Minnie Soo levelled things up in the next match, beating her German opponent, Han Ying, 3-1.
Doo then helped Hong Kong into the lead, beating Solja 11-5, 11-6 and 11-9 in 23 minutes.
Soo then wrapped things up by winning her singles match against Shan in three straight games, 12-10, 13-11 and 11-7.
Their coach, Li Ching, was so excited by the victory that he ripped off his mask.
He said he felt even happier than when he himself won a silver in Athens in 2004, saying along with luck, his strategy had led to a miracle.
The Hong Kong players said they were shocked by the result, describing the Olympics as a roller coaster ride.
"We encouraged each other before the game, [saying] no matter if we win the first match or not we have to play our best... so that we won't have any regrets," Soo said.
Lee noted that it was her third time at an Olympics. "We finally made it the third time," she said, while Doo said she hopes the three of them can be role models.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam congratulated the athletes on their medal-winning performance.
"I'm moved by the great perseverance and tenacity displayed by the Hong Kong table tennis team in the competition. Though they have gone through ups and downs in their previous competitions, they continued to demonstrate solidarity. Their full engagement in the team competition deserves our great respect," she said.
This is Hong Kong’s most successful Olympics ever, having already won a gold in fencing as well as two silvers in swimming.
Last updated: 2021-08-05 HKT 15:45