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Table tennis: Tomokazu Harimoto, Hina Hayata take mixed doubles silver at worlds

The mixed doubles team of Tomokazu Harimoto , right, and Hina Hayata are pictured after winning the silver medal at the world table tennis championships in Durban, South Africa, on May 26, 2023. (Kyodo)

DURBAN, South Africa (Kyodo) -- Japan's Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata took mixed doubles silver at the world table tennis championships Friday following a 3-0 loss to China's Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha.

    In a replay of the previous world championship final in 2021, world No. 1 duo Wang and Sun once again consigned the No. 2 Japanese pair to runners-up, winning 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 in Durban, South Africa.

    Harimoto and Hayata had advanced to their second consecutive final with a 3-1 semifinal win over China's Lin Shidong and Kuai Man.

    Japan's Miyu Nagasaki and Miyuu Kihara claimed women's doubles bronze after losing their semifinal 3-1 to China's Wang Yidi and Chen Meng.

    The Japanese pair won the opening game before the seventh-ranked Chinese took control of the contest and advanced to the final with an 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 13-11 victory.

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