China beat Japan for the table tennis women’s team gold preventing Mima Ito from taking another medal from them and keeping up their remarkable record. It ended 3-0 between the top two seeds at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, with the showpiece over in one hour and 50 minutes. Japan got off to the ideal start in the opening doubles rubber with Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano taking the first game off Chen Meng and Wang Manyu with an 11-9 win. That was as good it got for the hosts as Chen and Wang swiftly struck back and then forged ahead to win 3-1 (9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7). Japan’s top singles player Ito, who had beaten China in the mixed doubles gold medal match and was looking for another gold here, took on Sun Yingsha in the first singles match. It was Sun who shone earliest, winning the first game 11-8 and the second 11-5 before Ito showed signs of life. Hopes of a comeback were driven when Ito pulled a game back 11-3, but Sun reversed the score in the next game to put China 2-0 up. It came down to Wang and Miu Hirano where the Japanese needed a win to stay alive. This was the quickest match of them all. Wang raced to a 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-3) win to bring gold back to China for a fourth Games running since it was introduced at Beijing 2008 – they have also won every single meeting 3-0. Tokyo 2020: Lau adds bronze after table tennis triumph – day 13, as it happened Japan add women’s team silver to Ito’s mixed doubles win and her women’s singles bronze, safe in the knowledge they ended China’s dominance of the table tennis golds at the Games for the first since Athens 2004.