Japan’s mixed doubles pair of Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito claimed their country's first ever Olympic table tennis gold medal with a dramatic victory over China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shinwen on Monday.
It was the first time the mixed doubles event had been played at the Olympics and Monday’s finale didn’t fail to disappoint.
Mizutani and Ito came back from 2 sets down to win 4-3, clinching the final set 11-6.
Victory for the pair ended years of incredible Chinese dominance in the sport.
China had won every Olympic title in the table tennis since South Korea’s Ryu Seung-min triumphed in the men’s singles competition at the 2004 Athens Games.
Mizutani and Ito’s victory sees Japan end Monday top of the Olympics medals table with eight gold medals, one more than the United States.