Houstonian knocked out of Olympics in Table Tennis

August 3, 2012 1:32:14 PM PDT
American Timothy Wang is already out of his first Olympics.

He lost his first table tennis match in four straight games on Saturday to North Korean Kim Song Nam. The experience lasted just a few minutes, beaten 11-5, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 in the knockout tournament before about 4,000 fans.

He probably spoke for many first-time Olympians -- and even experienced ones -- about being very nervous.

"I walked out and as soon as everyone started cheering, I started to get goose bumps,' said Wang. "My legs were shaking while I was playing. The nerves definitely kicked in. I tried to focus before the match, but I really wasn't expecting it when I came out. Over here every match is like center court and all the eyes are on you. In tournaments in the U.S., very few people are there."

Wang is one of 10 athletes from the Houston area competing in London.

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