Mima Ito Looks Ahead To Tokyo 2020 With Golden Ambitions

(Photo: ITTF)

Following Mima Ito’s breathtaking performances at the inaugural World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender and Star Contender events, the Japanese superstar now sets her sights to fulfil a lifelong dream – to win Gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!

“Winning the Olympics gold medal is the thing that I most want to do this year,” stated Ito in a recent interview with WTT.

Although the 20-year-old is yet to win a gold medal in any previous Games, she did manage to bag a bronze medal at Rio 2016, becoming the youngest ever Olympic table tennis player to win a medal in the Women’s Team category.

Furthermore, currently placed at No.2 in the world, Ito is clearly among the top few players looking to claim the highest prize on offer at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics. However, in order to achieve her goal, Ito will almost assuredly have to contend against the prowess of the current World No.1, Chen Meng.

Defeating China’s Chen Meng will prove an arduous task for Ito; in their four career battles, Ito has failed to overcome the strength of Chen once! Ito did come close to besting the Chinese star two years ago at the penultimate hurdle of the 2019 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open, narrowly losing out by a tight 3:4 score-line.

Adding to the challenge for Ito, China’s withdrawal from the WTT Middle East Hub events as a result of Covid-19 concerns means the Japanese hopeful has lacked valuable match-practise against Chen. A major disadvantage for Ito and to make matters worse her recent matches allow her Chinese rivals further opportunity to study her game in search of any weakness.

Despite this, Ito’s drive and determination to come out on top against Chen and her fellow Chinese colleagues has only intensified, eyeing up sporting glory with sky-high ambitions:

“There’s still a gap between us in terms of points. But I want to keep closing it. If I beat her, I know I have a chance to be world number one and I will do my best to achieve that” – Mima Ito

With just over four months until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games officially get underway, Ito is planning to go big and go bold in 2021 with Olympic Gold and the World No.1 spot on her radar!

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