Hong Kong medal hope Tang Peng stunned by Brazilian Hugo Calderano at first Rio hurdle
Tang is sensationally knocked out by hometown hero
Hong Kong’s Tang Peng was sensationally knocked out of the Rio Olympics table tennis competition in his opening match on Sunday night 2-4 by hometown hero Hugo Calderano.
A feverish home crowd roared the world number 54 Calderano to an incredible victory over heavy favourite Tang in the men’s singles.
The 35-year-old Tang, part of the Hong Kong set-up that reached the semi-final of the team event at the London Games four years ago, was one of Hong Kong’s brightest medal hopes going in to the Olympics.
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“The team event is the main goal for us,” said a sanguine Tang after the loss. “I actually had a good mindset for the singles, but winning or losing does not affect me too much. I lost at the first stage in London, too.”
Hong Kong’s Wong Chun-ting is in table tennis action later tonight when he faces Canada’s Eugene Wang in his opening match.