Jorgen Persson hopes the seventh time is lucky.
The Swede is one of three players to have appeared in every Olympic table tennis tournament, beginning with the first one in 1988. But he's yet to win a medal. He advanced to the second round on Saturday, defeating Segun Toriola of Nigeria 4-1.
That's a perfect start for a guy who's lost twice in the Olympic semifinals in 2000 and 2008 — and then lost both bronze medal games.
"When you have these two opportunities to reach finals and lose — tough moments. ... This is my last chance. I will not get any more chances."
Persson has said that several times. "This is definitely the last," he repeated. "Rio is too far away."
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