List of Olympic medalists in table tennis

Table tennis is among the sports contested at the Summer Olympic Games. It was introduced at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where singles and doubles tournaments were held for both genders.[1] The doubles events were dropped from the 2008 Summer Olympics program and replaced by team events.[2] The competitions are conducted in accordance with the rules established by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).[3]

An East Asian woman wearing a blue and red polo shirt and a ponytail. She holds in her right hand a microphone displaying a green rectangle with the words "New Town Plaza" in white; this composition is also present in her shirt.
Chinese Li Ju, Olympic doubles champion and singles runner-up in 2000

Ma Long (China) is the all-time Olympic medal leader, having won five golds.[4] Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany) have won six medals in the men's competitions, while Ma Lin and Zhang Jike (China) are the male with three gold medals. Wang Nan (China) is the best-performing athlete in the women's competitions, having won four golds—a figure shared with fellow Chinese players Deng Yaping and Zhang Yining—and one silver medal. Thirteen players have won four medals and six have won three.[5] Chen Jing competed for China when she won her first two medals in 1988, and for Chinese Taipei when she gained her most recent two medals at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.[6] Since 1992, the winner of the women's singles has also won the doubles or team event: Deng Yaping, in 1992 and 1996; Wang Nan, in 2000; Zhang Yining, in 2004 and 2008; Li Xiaoxia, in 2012; Ding Ning, in 2016; and Chen Meng, in 2020. In the men's competition, Liu Guoliang (1996), Ma Lin (2008), Zhang Jike (2012), and Ma Long (2016 and 2020) have achieved this feat. Besides Deng, Zhang and Ma Long, no other female or male player has successfully defended their singles title, while in the doubles, back-to-back victories were achieved by Deng Yaping and Qiao Hong (1992, 1996), and Wang Nan (with Li Ju in 2000, and Zhang Yining in 2004).

China has been the most successful nation in Olympic table tennis, winning 53 medals (32 gold, 20 silver, and 8 bronze). Since 1992, Chinese players have won at least one medal in every event. At the 2008 Games, China achieved an unprecedented medal sweep in both the men's and women's singles tournaments,[7] and won both team tournaments.[8][9] With 18 medals, South Korea is second to China in the overall medal count, and is the only other nation to have won double-digit medals. As of the 2020 Summer Olympics, 115 medals (37 gold, 37 silver, and 41 bronze) have been awarded to 102 players selected from 12 National Olympic Committees (NOC). Third-place matches were not held at the 1992 Summer Olympics, so all losing semifinalists were given bronze medals, resulting in four additional bronze medalists.[10]


Table of contents
Men

Singles • Teams

Women

Singles • Teams

Mixed

Doubles

Discontinued

Doubles (men • women)

Statistics    See also    References

MenEdit

SinglesEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1988 Seoul
details
Yoo Nam-kyu
  South Korea
Kim Ki-taik
  South Korea
Erik Lindh
  Sweden
1992 Barcelona
details
Jan-Ove Waldner
  Sweden
Jean-Philippe Gatien
  France
Kim Taek-soo
  South Korea
Ma Wenge
  China
1996 Atlanta
details
Liu Guoliang
  China
Wang Tao
  China
Jörg Roßkopf
  Germany
2000 Sydney
details
Kong Linghui
  China
Jan-Ove Waldner
  Sweden
Liu Guoliang
  China
2004 Athens
details
Ryu Seung-min
  South Korea
Wang Hao
  China
Wang Liqin
  China
2008 Beijing
details
Ma Lin
  China
Wang Hao
  China
Wang Liqin
  China
2012 London
details
Zhang Jike
  China
Wang Hao
  China
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
  Germany
2016 Rio de Janeiro
details
Ma Long
  China
Zhang Jike
  China
Jun Mizutani
  Japan
2020 Tokyo
details
Ma Long
  China
Fan Zhendong
  China
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
  Germany
Medals
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   China (CHN) 6 6 4 16
2   South Korea (KOR) 2 1 1 4
3   Sweden (SWE) 1 1 1 3
4   France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
5   Germany (GER) 0 0 3 3
6   Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
Total 6 nations 9 9 10 28

TeamsEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2008 Beijing
details
  China (CHN)
Ma Lin
Wang Hao
Wang Liqin
  Germany (GER)
Timo Boll
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Christian Süß
  South Korea (KOR)
Oh Sang-eun
Ryu Seung-min
Yoon Jae-young
2012 London
details
  China (CHN)
Wang Hao
Zhang Jike
Ma Long
  South Korea (KOR)
Oh Sang-eun
Joo Se-hyuk
Ryu Seung-min
  Germany (GER)
Timo Boll
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Bastian Steger
2016 Rio de Janeiro
details
  China (CHN)
Ma Long
Xu Xin
Zhang Jike
  Japan (JPN)
Koki Niwa
Jun Mizutani
Maharu Yoshimura
  Germany (GER)
Bastian Steger
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Timo Boll
2020 Tokyo
details
  China (CHN)
Fan Zhendong
Ma Long
Xu Xin
  Germany (GER)
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Patrick Franziska
Timo Boll
  Japan (JPN)
Jun Mizutani
Koki Niwa
Tomokazu Harimoto
Medals
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   China (CHN) 4 0 0 4
2   Germany (GER) 0 2 2 4
3   South Korea (KOR) 0 1 1 2
  Japan (JPN) 0 1 1 2
Total 4 nations 4 4 4 12

WomenEdit

SinglesEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1988 Seoul
details
Chen Jing
  China
Li Huifen
  China
Jiao Zhimin
  China
1992 Barcelona
details
Deng Yaping
  China
Qiao Hong
  China
Ri Pun-hui
  North Korea
Hyun Jung-hwa
  South Korea
1996 Atlanta
details
Deng Yaping
  China
Chen Jing
  Chinese Taipei
Qiao Hong
  China
2000 Sydney
details
Wang Nan
  China
Li Ju
  China
Chen Jing
  Chinese Taipei
2004 Athens
details
Zhang Yining
  China
Kim Hyang-mi
  North Korea
Kim Kyung-ah
  South Korea
2008 Beijing
details
Zhang Yining
  China
Wang Nan
  China
Guo Yue
  China
2012 London
details
Li Xiaoxia
  China
Ding Ning
  China
Feng Tianwei
  Singapore
2016 Rio de Janeiro
details
Ding Ning
  China
Li Xiaoxia
  China
Kim Song-i
  North Korea
2020 Tokyo
details
Chen Meng
  China
Sun Yingsha
  China
Mima Ito
  Japan
Medals
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   China (CHN) 9 7 3 19
2   North Korea (PRK) 0 1 2 3
3   Chinese Taipei (TPE) 0 1 1 2
4   South Korea (KOR) 0 0 2 2
5   Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
  Singapore (SIN) 0 0 1 1
Total 6 nations 9 9 10 28

TeamsEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2008 Beijing
details
  China (CHN)
Guo Yue
Wang Nan
Zhang Yining
  Singapore (SIN)
Feng Tianwei
Li Jiawei
Wang Yuegu
  South Korea (KOR)
Dang Ye-seo
Kim Kyung-ah
Park Mi-young
2012 London
details
  China (CHN)
Ding Ning
Guo Yue
Li Xiaoxia
  Japan (JPN)
Ai Fukuhara
Kasumi Ishikawa
Sayaka Hirano
  Singapore (SIN)
Feng Tianwei
Li Jiawei
Wang Yuegu
2016 Rio de Janeiro
details
  China (CHN)
Liu Shiwen
Ding Ning
Li Xiaoxia
  Germany (GER)
Han Ying
Petrissa Solja
Shan Xiaona
  Japan (JPN)
Ai Fukuhara
Kasumi Ishikawa
Mima Ito
2020 Tokyo
details
  China (CHN)
Chen Meng
Sun Yingsha
Wang Manyu
  Japan (JPN)
Mima Ito
Kasumi Ishikawa
Miu Hirano
  Hong Kong (HKG)
Doo Hoi Kem
Lee Ho Ching
Minnie Soo
Medals
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   China (CHN) 4 0 0 4
2   Japan (JPN) 0 2 1 3
3   Singapore (SIN) 0 1 1 2
4   Germany (GER) 0 1 0 1
5   South Korea (KOR) 0 0 1 1
5   Hong Kong (HKG) 0 0 1 1
Total 6 nations 4 4 4 12

MixedEdit

DoublesEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2020 Tokyo
details
  Jun Mizutani
and Mima Ito (JPN)
  Xu Xin
and Liu Shiwen (CHN)
  Lin Yun-ju
and Cheng I-ching (TPE)
Medals
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Japan (JPN) 1 0 0 1
2   China (CHN) 0 1 0 1
3   Chinese Taipei (TPE) 0 0 1 1
Total 3 nations 1 1 1 3

DiscontinuedEdit

Men's doublesEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1988 Seoul
details
  Chen Longcan
and Wei Qingguang (CHN)
  Ilija Lupulesku
and Zoran Primorac (YUG)
  Ahn Jae-hyung
and Yoo Nam-kyu (KOR)
1992 Barcelona
details
  Lü Lin
and Wang Tao (CHN)
  Steffen Fetzner
and Jörg Roßkopf (GER)
  Kang Hee-chan
and Lee Chul-seung (KOR)
  Kim Taek-soo
and Yoo Nam-kyu (KOR)
1996 Atlanta
details
  Liu Guoliang
and Kong Linghui (CHN)
  Lü Lin
and Wang Tao (CHN)
  Lee Chul-seung
and Yoo Nam-kyu (KOR)
2000 Sydney
details
  Wang Liqin
and Yan Sen (CHN)
  Liu Guoliang
and Kong Linghui (CHN)
  Jean-Philippe Gatien
and Patrick Chila (FRA)
2004 Athens
details
  Chen Qi
and Ma Lin (CHN)
  Ko Lai Chak
and Li Ching (HKG)
  Michael Maze
and Finn Tugwell (DEN)
Medals
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   China (CHN) 5 2 0 7
2   Yugoslavia (YUG) 0 1 0 1
  Germany (GER) 0 1 0 1
  Hong Kong (HKG) 0 1 0 1
5   South Korea (KOR) 0 0 4 4
6   France (FRA) 0 0 1 1
  Denmark (DEN) 0 0 1 1
Total 7 nations 5 5 6 16

Women's doublesEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1988 Seoul
details
  Hyun Jung-hwa
and Yang Young-ja (KOR)
  Chen Jing
and Jiao Zhimin (CHN)
  Jasna Fazlić
and Gordana Perkučin (YUG)
1992 Barcelona
details
  Deng Yaping
and Qiao Hong (CHN)
  Chen Zihe
and Gao Jun (CHN)
  Li Bun-Hui
and Yu Sun-bok (PRK)
  Hyun Jung-hwa
and Hong Cha-ok (KOR)
1996 Atlanta
details
  Deng Yaping
and Qiao Hong (CHN)
  Liu Wei
and Qiao Yunping (CHN)
  Park Hae-jung
and Ryu Ji-hae (KOR)
2000 Sydney
details
  Li Ju
and Wang Nan (CHN)
  Sun Jin
and Yang Ying (CHN)
  Kim Moo-kyo
and Ryu Ji-hae (KOR)
2004 Athens
details
  Wang Nan
and Zhang Yining (CHN)
  Lee Eun-sil
and Seok Eun-mi (KOR)
  Guo Yue
and Niu Jianfeng (CHN)
Medals
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   China (CHN) 4 4 1 7
2   South Korea (KOR) 1 1 3 5
3   Yugoslavia (YUG) 0 0 1 1
  North Korea (PRK) 0 0 1 1
Total 4 nations 5 5 6 16

StatisticsEdit

Athlete medal leadersEdit

Athlete Nation Gender Olympics[a] Gold Silver Bronze Total
Ma Long   China (CHN) Male 2012–2020 5 0 0 5
Wang Nan   China (CHN) Female 2000–2008 4 1 0 5
Deng Yaping   China (CHN) Female 1992–1996 4 0 0 4
Zhang Yining   China (CHN) Female 2004–2008 4 0 0 4
Ding Ning   China (CHN) Female 2012–2016 3 1 0 4
Li Xiaoxia   China (CHN) Female 2012–2016 3 1 0 4
Zhang Jike   China (CHN) Male 2012–2016 3 1 0 4
Ma Lin   China (CHN) Male 2004–2008 3 0 0 3
Wang Hao   China (CHN) Male 2004–2012 2 3 0 5
Liu Guoliang   China (CHN) Male 1996–2000 2 1 1 4
Qiao Hong   China (CHN) Female 1992–1996 2 1 1 4
Kong Linghui   China (CHN) Male 1996–2000 2 1 0 3
Xu Xin   China (CHN) Male 2016–2020 2 1 0 3
Guo Yue   China (CHN) Female 2004–2012 2 0 2 4
Wang Liqin   China (CHN) Male 2000–2008 2 0 2 4
Chen Meng   China (CHN) Female 2020 2 0 0 2
Chen Jing   China (CHN)
  Chinese Taipei (TPE)
Female 1988
1996–2000
1 2 1 4
Wang Tao   China (CHN) Male 1992–1996 1 2 0 3
Mima Ito   Japan (JPN) Female 2016–2020 1 1 2 4
Jun Mizutani   Japan (JPN) Male 2016–2020 1 1 2 4
Ryu Seung-min   South Korea (KOR) Male 2004–2012 1 1 1 3
Fan Zhendong   China (CHN) Male 2020 1 1 0 2
Li Ju   China (CHN) Female 2000 1 1 0 2
Liu Shiwen   China (CHN) Female 2016–2020 1 1 0 2
Lü Lin   China (CHN) Male 1992, 1996 1 1 0 2
Sun Yingsha   China (CHN) Female 2020 1 1 0 2
Jan-Ove Waldner   Sweden (SWE) Male 1992, 2000 1 1 0 2
Yoo Nam-kyu   South Korea (KOR) Male 1988–1996 1 0 3 4
Hyun Jung-hwa   South Korea (KOR) Female 1988–1992 1 0 2 3
Chen Longcan   China (CHN) Male 1988 1 0 0 1
Chen Qi   China (CHN) Male 2004 1 0 0 1
Wang Manyu   China (CHN) Female 2020 1 0 0 1
Wei Qingguang   China (CHN) Male 1988 1 0 0 1
Yan Sen   China (CHN) Male 2000 1 0 0 1
Yang Young-ja   South Korea (KOR) Female 1988 1 0 0 1
Dimitrij Ovtcharov   Germany (GER) Male 2008–2020 0 2 4 6

a The years indicate the Olympics at which the medals were won.

Medals per yearEdit

Nation 1896–1984 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Total
  China (CHN) 5 6 8 8 6 8 6 6 7 60
  Chinese Taipei (TPE) 1 1 1 3
  Denmark (DEN) 1 1
  France (FRA) 1 1 2
  Germany (GER) 1 1 1 2 2 2 9
  Hong Kong (HKG) 1 1 2
  Japan (JPN) 1 3 4 8
  North Korea (PRK) 2 1 1 4
  Singapore (SIN) 1 2 3
  South Korea (KOR) 4 5 2 1 3 2 1 18
  Sweden (SWE) 1 1 1 3
  Yugoslavia (YUG) 2 2

Podium sweepsEdit

There has been three podium sweeps in Olympic table tennis history. This is when athletes from one NOC win all three medals in a single event. This has not been possible since the conclusion of the 2008 Olympic games, since following China's podium sweeps, the ITTF has limited each country at the Olympics to a maximum of two contestants per gender.[11][12]

Games Event NOC Gold Silver Bronze
2008 Beijing Men's singles   China (CHN) Ma Lin Wang Hao Wang Liqin
1988 Seoul Women's singles   China (CHN) Chen Jing Li Huifen Jiao Zhimin
2008 Beijing Women's singles   China (CHN) Zhang Yining Wang Nan Guo Yue

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General
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