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Olympic Games - 4 Aug 2016

Rio 2106 Table tennis by the numbers

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2012 - China won all four available gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It also won all four gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2008.


1988 - Table tennis made its debut at Seoul 1988 and has been present ever since.


24 - China has won 24 out of a possible 28 gold medals in table tennis. Republic of Korea (3) and Sweden (1) have claimed the other four.


19 - DENG Yaping (CHN) is the youngest gold medallist in a singles event. She won women's singles at Barcelona 1992 at the age of 19 years and 182 days.


7 - Jorgen PERSSON (SWE), Jean-Michel SAIVE (BEL) and Zoran PRIMORAC (CRO) competed at all seven Olympic table tennis tournaments between 1988 and 2012.


4 - Three players have won a record four gold medals in table tennis: DENG, WANG Nan (CHN), and ZHANG Yining (CHN).


3 - WANG Hao (CHN) lost the men's singles final at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. He has now retired from international competition.


2 - CHEN Jing (TPE, silver at Atlanta 1996) and KIM Hyang Mi (PRK, silver at Athens 2004) are the only two non-Chinese athletes to have reached the women's singles final.


1 - The number of gold medals won by non-Asian NOCs in table tennis. Jan-Ove WALDNER (SWE) won men's singles in 1992.


0 - No athlete has managed to win the men's singles more than once.


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