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Of all the subjects for a thrilling tale of espionage, war and diplomacy, ping-pong seems an unlikely contender. All the more intriguing then is the story behind a détente between America and China in 1971, which occurred seemingly out of the blue after 22 years of hostility.

Zhang, the 24-year-old reigning world champion, celebrated by leaping over the court surround and kissing the gold medal podium and then draping himself in a Chinese flag

Table Tennis: Jike wins gold to complete slam

World No 1 Zhang Jike powered to victory over Wang Hao in an all-Chinese men's table tennis final, taking China halfway to another clean sweep of golds at London 2012.

1. DIVING: Six confident and precise dives from the Chinese teenage pair Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan won the gold medal in the men’s synchronised 10m platform event yesterday afternoon

China's Town: The athletes making their mark here at London 2012

Chinese athletes are proving dominant across the Olympic venues and day four was certainly no exception. Jack Pitt-Brooke surveys another exceptional set of results

Table tennis: Paul Drinkhall continues progress

Paul Drinkhall pulled off one of the finest wins of his table tennis career to move into the third round of the men's singles at the London 2012 Olympics.

Advantage Home, Radio 4, Monday / White Stiletto Dreams, Radio 4, Wednesday

There's nothing like a bit of 'home cooking'

Ben Miller: Don't look now

Survival of the wittiest

Bombing on-stage in Brighton led comic Ben Miller to ponder the commonalities between comedy and Darwin's theory of evolution

Ben Miller: Don't look now

Ben Miller: Survival of the wittiest

Heard the one about evolution? Stand-up is a science, says the comedian Ben Miller, and dying on stage is all down to Darwinism

Ping Pong (PG)

What a heartwarmer. Documentarists Hugh and Anson Hartford have uncovered an improbable truth about growing old: you don't have to retire from life, or even from sport.

Album: Hilary Hahn & Hauschka, Silfra (Deutsche Grammophon)

Best known for her Diapason and Grammy-winning interpretations of Bach, Brahms and Schoenberg, US violinist Hilary Hahn likes to work at the fringes of her discipline too.

Lisa Markwell: It's a new Olympic sport – the race to sell tickets

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Lisa Markwell: It's a new Olympic sport – the race to sell tickets

Just 64 days to go. Sixty four days till the Olympics is over, as the already-old joke goes. You can see that fatigue has set in among Londoners already, in their weary tread on the Underground staircase (while the escalator undergoes "essential maintenance for the Games"). Also, there appears to be competitive holiday booking – who can get away further, for longer, during the London 2012 fortnight.

More Olympics tickets to go on sale

More tickets for some of the most popular events at the Olympic Games go on sale today.

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