The legendary Lang Ping has officially announced her retirement as coach of the Chinese national team,
just under a month after the squad bowed out in the group stage at the Tokyo Olympics.
Lang broke the news through a long and emotional post on social media.
The 60-year-old guided China to two wins and three defeats as they failed to reach the quarter-finals at this year's games.
That's the worst performance since the 1984 Olympic debut when she led them to gold as a star player.
Her statement says, in part, "I had a lot of happiness over the years, although I am not satisfied this time.
Regret is also a big part of life and a kind of experience that we have to face."
Since returning for a second spell as coach in 2013,
the "Iron Hammer" led China to victory at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and also claimed 2 World Cups.