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SKorea, Austria to play for table tennis bronze

Aug. 17, 2008, 1:52 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) South Korea rallied to beat Hong Kong and Austria defeated a young Japanese team to advance Sunday to the bronze medal match of men's team table tennis.

The Koreans came into the matchup after a loss to China the night before. But they were able to pull out a 3-1 win against Hong Kong despite falling behind in the first part of the last two matches.

Defending gold medalist Ryu Seung-min continued to struggle in the tournament, losing 3-2 to Li Ching. But Ryu came back in the doubles match with Yoon Jae-young to help South Korea take an overall 2-1 lead with a 3-2 win over Li and Ko Lai Chak.

Japan's Yo Kan won the first match over 2003 singles world champion Werner Schlager, but Austria responded with wins on the next three matches. The Japanese team, which includes 19-year-old Jun Mizutani and 21-year-old Seiya Kishikawa, could not keep up with the more experienced Austrian side.

"I think that after losing yesterday (to Germany), the damage was done. Our players are still young and relatively inexperienced, so they could not readjust quickly," Japan coach Yoshihito Miyazaki said.