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Table tennis champion Dimitrij Ovtcharov inspired by women's team success

Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov believes that seeing the women's team win gold helped push him to victory in the men's singles event.

Men's table tennis singles gold medallist Dimitrij Ovtcharov has revealed that seeing Germany's women's team with their gold medals helped motivate him to success in his competition.

The top-seeded 26-year-old defeated world number nine Vladimir Samsonov in the gold-medal match, coming from 2-0 down to win 4-3.

Ovtcharov told reporters: "After winning the women's team event, the German girls took their gold medal to the German House here in Baku, and I took a good look at the gold medal. That provided me with some extra motivation.

"My good friend Vladi pushed me to the end. He deserved to win just as much as me."

Ovtcharov won two bronze medals in the London Olympics, having secured silver in the team event four years earlier in Beijing.

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States20241660
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia12191344
Great BritainGreat Britain10101232
Today's Olympic highlights header

Monday's key events

· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

· Newly-crowned European champion Emily Campbell flies the flag for Great Britain in the women's +87kg, but faces stiff competition for medals from China's Li Wenwen and New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard (11.50am)

· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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