Table tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Dates||28 July to 8 August 2012|
|Competitors||174 from 57 nations|
|Table tennis at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Table tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London took place from Saturday 28 July to Wednesday 8 August 2012 at ExCeL London. 174 athletes, 86 men and 88 women, competed in four events. Table tennis has appeared at the Summer Olympics on six previous occasions beginning with the 1988 Games in Seoul. In addition to men's and women's singles, the team events were staged for the second time since replacing doubles events at the 2008 Beijing Games. China was the defending champion in each of the Olympic events having won all 4 gold medals in 2008.
The top 28 male and top 28 female players on the International Table Tennis Federation's ranking list immediately after the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships, which finished on 15 May 2011 in the Netherlands, were qualified for the singles events at Games. No nation can have more than two players per gender in the singles events at the Games, so some players below 28th place were given a qualification berth based on their ranking.
Ten continental qualification tournaments then were used to assign a total of 40 places between 28 June 2011 and 22 April 2012. A final qualification tournament took place in 12 May 2012 to assign a further two places per gender. One invitational place per gender was allocated by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
Entries for the team events were decided after the final qualification tournament ended on 13 May 2012. The highest-ranked nation at the 2012 World Team Championships from each of the six continents earned the right to enter as long as three of its players had met the qualification criteria for the singles event. Except for the host British team, the qualification of the other 15 NOCs was based on the number of the qualified players and the ranking of the 2012 World Team Championships.
|Event↓/Date →||Sat 28||Sun 29||Mon 30||Tue 31||Wed 1||Thu 2||Fri 3||Sat 4||Sun 5||Mon 6||Tue 7||Wed 8|
All events at the Games took the form of a knockout competition.
|| Zhang Jike
| Wang Hao
| Dimitrij Ovtcharov
|| China (CHN)
| South Korea (KOR)
| Germany (GER)
|| Li Xiaoxia
| Ding Ning
| Feng Tianwei
|| China (CHN)
| Japan (JPN)
| Singapore (SIN)
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- International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
- Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
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