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Americans, rejoice! We've made one giant leap toward table tennis glory!

Updated: August 14, 2008, 2:48 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- My fellow Americans, puff up your chests with pride. Put a new spring in your step. Feel your self-esteem rise.

We have reached the elite eight of women's team table tennis!

Our long national nightmare is nearly over. No longer are we pingpong pansies. No longer are we a bunch of basement-playing poseurs who cannot handle the spins and smashes of big-time competition.

The great breakthrough came Thursday at Peking University Gymnasium. Our ...

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