Table tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Table tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (postponed to 2021[1] due to the COVID-19 pandemic) featured 173 table tennis players. Table tennis had appeared at the Summer Olympics on eight previous occasions beginning with the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Table tennis
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
Table Tennis, Tokyo 2020.svg
VenueTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Dates24 July – 6 August 2021
No. of events5
Competitors173 from 57 nations
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QualificationEdit

As the host nation, Japan had automatically qualified six athletes; a team of three men and women with one each competing in the singles as well as a mixed doubles team.[2]

For the team events, 16 teams were qualified. Each continent (with the Americas being divided into North America and South America for ITTF competition) had a qualifying competition to qualify one team. Nine teams qualified through a world qualifying event.[2]

The mixed doubles also had 16 pairs qualify. Each continent (with the Americas being divided into North America and South America for ITTF competition) had a qualifying competition to qualify one pair. Four teams qualified through the World Tour Grand Finals 2019 and five through the World Tour 2020. Japan was also guaranteed a place. If an NOC had both a mixed doubles pair and a team in one or both genders qualify, the doubles player must be a member of the team in their gender.[2]

For individual events, between 64 and 70 individual players qualified. Each NOC with a qualified team were permitted to enter two members of that team in the individual competition. 22 quota places would be awarded through continental championships to individuals who belong to an NOC without a qualified team. There would be one Tripartite Commission invitation place. The remainder of the total 172 quota places would be filled through a final world singles qualifying tournament (no less than two and no more than eight qualifiers) and then the ITTF world ranking.[2]

Competition scheduleEdit

Legend
P Preliminary round ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
Event↓/Date → Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30 Sat 31 Sun 1 Mon 2 Tue 3 Wed 4 Thu 5 Fri 6
Men's singles P ¼ ½ F
Men's team P ¼ ½ F
Women's singles P ¼ ½ F
Women's team P ¼ ½ F
Mixed doubles P ¼ ½ F

Participating nationsEdit

A total of 173 athletes (85 men and 88 women), representing 57 NOCs, competed in five events.[3] One Czech athlete tested positive for COVID-19 and withdraw from the Games.[4] Two NOCs (China and Hungary) replaced injured athletes with reserves in the team event.[5][6]

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Japan)

RankNOCGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China4307
2  Japan*1124
3  Germany0112
4  Chinese Taipei0011
  Hong Kong0011
Totals (5 NOCs)55515

MedalistsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
details
Ma Long
  China
Fan Zhendong
  China
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
  Germany
Men's team
details
  China
Fan Zhendong
Ma Long
Xu Xin
  Germany
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Patrick Franziska
Timo Boll
  Japan
Jun Mizutani
Koki Niwa
Tomokazu Harimoto
Women's singles
details
Chen Meng
  China
Sun Yingsha
  China
Mima Ito
  Japan
Women's team
details
  China
Chen Meng
Sun Yingsha
Wang Manyu
  Japan
Mima Ito
Kasumi Ishikawa
Miu Hirano
  Hong Kong
Doo Hoi Kem
Lee Ho Ching
Minnie Soo
Mixed doubles
details
  Japan
Jun Mizutani
Mima Ito
  China
Xu Xin
Liu Shiwen
  Chinese Taipei
Lin Yun-ju
Cheng I-ching

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee". IOC. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tokyo 2020 – ITTF Table Tennis Qualification System". ITTF.
  3. ^ "Athlete count for Table Tennis". Olympedia. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Czech paddler Sirucek to miss Tokyo Olympics after positive test for COVID-19". Xinhua. 21 July 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games update: Injured Pota withdraws from Women's Team event". ITTF. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  6. ^ "China changes Olympic table tennis team roster as injured Liu withdraws". Xinhua. 1 August 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.

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