Women's Table Tennis Gold Medal Event: Xiaoxia Li Captures Gold For China

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Xiaoxia Li of China celebrates a point during her Women's Singles Table Tennis fourth round match against Miyoung Park of Korea on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

China's Xiaoxia Li took home the gold medal in women's table tennis on Wednesday. She defeated fellow countrywoman Ning Ding in the final.

On Wednesday at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Xiaoxia Li won an all-China final in women's table tennis, bringing home the gold medal by defeating Ning Ding in five sets, 4-1. The competition was very fierce and included a bit of fireworks midway through.

During the fourth set, Ding argued with the judge over a call of a let, getting very frustrated and yelling after the call was upheld. Ding was penalized with a yellow and a red card as a result of the tiff, awarding a point to Li. In the end, it made little difference, as Li won decisively in five sets.

This is the first gold medal for Li, who was the No. 2 seed in the elimination rounds.

In the bronze medal match prior to the final, Tianwei Fang of Singapore was able to take third place by defeating Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan, 4-0.

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