List of Olympic medalists in table tennis

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Chinese Li Ju, Olympic doubles champion and singles runner-up in 2000

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]

Ma Long (China) is the all-time Olympic medal leader, having won five golds.[4] Wang Hao (China) have also won five 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

Men[edit]

Singles[edit]

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

Teams[edit]

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

Women[edit]

Singles[edit]

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

Teams[edit]

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

Mixed[edit]

Doubles[edit]

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)

Discontinued[edit]

Men's doubles[edit]

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)

Women's doubles[edit]

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)

Statistics[edit]

Athlete medal leaders[edit]

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 year[edit]

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 sweeps[edit]

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.

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 also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • "singles men - Olympic Table Tennis". International Olympic Committee.
  • "team men - Olympic Table Tennis". International Olympic Committee.
  • "singles women - Olympic Table Tennis". International Olympic Committee.
  • "team women - Olympic Table Tennis". International Olympic Committee.
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