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.[1] Table tennis has appeared at the Summer Olympics on six previous occasions beginning with the 1988 Games in Seoul.[2] 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.[2]

Table tennis
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueExCeL London
Dates28 July - 8 August 2012
Competitors174 from 57 nations


As hosts Great Britain qualified six athletes automatically; a team of three men, one of whom competed in the singles, and a team of three women, one of whom competed in the singles.[3][4]

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 rankings.[5]

Ten continental qualification tournaments then were used to assign a total of 40 places between 28 June 2011 and 22 April 2012.[3] A final qualification tournament took place on 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.

Competition schedule

PPreliminary rounds ¼Quarterfinals ½Semifinals FFinal
Event↓/Date →Sat 28Sun 29Mon 30Tue 31Wed 1Thu 2Fri 3Sat 4Sun 5Mon 6Tue 7Wed 8
Men's singlesP¼½F
Men's teamP¼½F
Women's singlesP¼½F
Women's teamP¼½F

Medal summary

Medal table

1 China4206
2 Japan0101
 South Korea0101
4 Germany0022
Totals (5 nations)44412


All events at the Games took the form of a knockout competition.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
Zhang Jike
Wang Hao
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Men's team
 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
Women's singles
Li Xiaoxia
Ding Ning
Feng Tianwei
Women's team
 China (CHN)
Ding Ning
Li Xiaoxia
Guo Yue
 Japan (JPN)
Ai Fukuhara
Sayaka Hirano
Kasumi Ishikawa
 Singapore (SIN)
Li Jiawei
Feng Tianwei
Wang Yuegu

See also


  1. "Olympic Table Tennis Press Kit" (PDF). ITTF. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  2. "London 2012 Olympics: table tennis guide". The Telegraph. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  3. "Qualification System – Games of the XXX Olympiad" (PDF). ITTF. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  4. "Team GB take table tennis places for 2012 Olympics". BBC Sport. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  5. "London 2012 Olympics qualifying: Table Tennis". BBC Sport. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011.

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