Germany reached the semi finalPhoto: ITTF
2016 Rio Olympic Games
The bronze medal winners in London 2012 are one step closer to the medal rostrum in the Men’s Teams Event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Tonight they overcame the reigning European champions Austria. Germany will meet Japan in the match for final.
Timo BOLL, Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and Bastian STEGER, all three secured the victories in their singles matches. Germany only failed to score in the doubles. The Men's Doubles title winners at the 2012 European Championships staged in Herning Daniel HABESOHN and Robert GARDOS beat STEGER and BOLL.
In the opening match of the contest BOLL beat Robert GARDOS (14-12, 11-8, 12-10), before OVTCHAROV Prevailed against Stefan FEGERL in three straight games (11-7, 12-10, 11-8).
“Timo had beat Robert GARDOS in the European Olympic Games qualification tournament in Halmstad; in the first game he was game point down, he had an edge. We knew Dima was in good shape, so we were confident.” said coach Jörg ROSSKOPF.
In third singles match STEGER overcame FEGERL.
“We knew how to play against Stefan, how to receive his service; Bastian is now playing at a higher level and consistently at a higher level. We have three good singles players in the team,” added Jörg ROSSKOPF