Singapore's fourth-place finisher left in tears

Updated: August 22, 2004, 7:40 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

ATHENS, Greece -- Zhang Yining of China won the gold medal Sunday in women's table tennis, beating Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea 11-8, 11-7, 11-2, 11-2.

Kim Kyung-ah won table tennis bronze for South Korea at the Athens Olympics on Sunday, grinding out a 4-1 win over Li Jiawei of Singapore in the women's singles competition.

Kim, who was unseeded, chopped and sliced her way to a 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 win as she frustrated the Beijing-born Li with her defensive tactics.

The 27-year-old is only the second South Korean woman to win a table tennis singles medal for her country after Hyun Jung-hwa took bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Li, who relocated to Singapore in 1996, was left in tears after failing to give the city-state its second Olympic medal in its history following weightlifting silver in Rome 44 years ago.

Information from the Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.