Out of a loss that would have floored so many others, she rediscovered belief.
Mixed it with her undoubted talent, it proved such a potent mix for Singapore table tennis star Feng Tianwei, who stormed past Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa in the battle for third place in the women’s singles of the 2012 Olympic Games here yesterday.
Feng unleashed a torrent of winners against her hapless opponent to post an emphatic 4-0 win (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5) and claim the bronze medal.
The 25-year-old’s feat saw her join Tan Howe Liang as the only individual Singaporean medallists at the Olympics, after the weightlifter’s silver at the 1960 Rome Games.
Little wonder Feng could not stop smiling after her win.