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Deng Yaping

Full name: Deng Yaping
Original name: 鄧 亞萍
Gender: Female
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: February 5, 1973 in Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Country: CHN China
Sport: Table Tennis

Medals: 4 Gold (4 Total)

Biography

Deng Yaping was a table tennis prodigy, but had a hard time getting into the provincial or national team, being denied access because she was too short - even as an adult, she stood only 1.50 m. She finally broke through at age 16, and immediately won the doubles title at the 1989 World Championships with Qiao Hong. It was the start of a stellar career, in which Deng collected eight world titles (3 singles, 3 doubles, 2 team) and was runner-up five times. At the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, she won both the singles and the doubles events, beating her doubles partner Qiao in the Barcelona singles final. She was #1 in the world rankings for eight years, from 1990 until her retirement in 1997. Deng then dedicated time to her function on the IOC Athletes Committee. Not speaking any English, she went to study in Nottingham. In 2003, Deng Yaping was honored by being elected Chinese Female Athlete of the Century, and was also inducted into the Table Tennis Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis Women's Singles China CHN 1 Gold
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis Women's Doubles China-2 CHN 1 Gold
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis Women's Singles China CHN 1 Gold
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis Women's Doubles China-1 CHN 1 Gold

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result GW W L GF GA PF PA
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China CHN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1992-08-05 Deng (CHN) 3, Qiao (CHN) 1 3
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China CHN Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1992-08-04 Deng (CHN) 3, Hyeon (KOR) 0 3
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China CHN Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1992-08-03 Deng (CHN) 3, Yu (PRK) 0 3
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China CHN Round One Match #1 1 1992-08-01 Deng (CHN) 3, Bátorfi (HUN) 0 3
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China CHN Group A 1 1992-07-29 3 0 6 0 126 67
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China CHN Group A Match #1 1 Deng (CHN) 2, Al-Hindi (JOR) 0 2
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China CHN Group A Match #4 1 Deng (CHN) 2, Chiu (CAN) 0 2
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China CHN Group A Match #6 1 Deng (CHN) 2, Bhushan (USA) 0 2
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China CHN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1996-07-31 Deng (CHN) 3, Chen (TPE) 2 3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China CHN Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1996-07-30 Deng (CHN) 3, Liu (CHN) 1 3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China CHN Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1996-07-29 Deng (CHN) 3, Struse (GER) 0 3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China CHN Round One Match #1 1 1996-07-27 Deng (CHN) 3, Park (KOR) 0 3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China CHN Group A 1 1996-07-24 3 0 6 0 126 53
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China CHN Group A Match #1 1 1996-07-24 Deng (CHN) 2, Kyakobye (UGA) 0 2
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China CHN Group A Match #4 1 1996-07-25 Deng (CHN) 2, Lomas (GBR) 0 2
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China CHN Group A Match #6 1 1996-07-26 Deng (CHN) 2, Svensson (SWE) 0 2

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result GW W L GF GA PF PA
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China-2 CHN Qiao Hong Final Round Match 1/2 1 1992-08-03 CHN-2 3, CHN-1 1 3
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China-2 CHN Qiao Hong Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1992-08-01 CHN-2 3, KOR-1 1 3
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China-2 CHN Qiao Hong Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1992-07-31 CHN-2 3, NED 1 3
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China-2 CHN Qiao Hong Group B 1 1992-07-29 3 0 6 1 141 93
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China-2 CHN Qiao Hong Group B Match #1 1 CHN-2 2, GHA 0 2
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China-2 CHN Qiao Hong Group B Match #4 1 CHN-2 2, ROU-2 1 2
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Table Tennis China-2 CHN Qiao Hong Group B Match #6 1 CHN-2 2, JPN-1 0 2
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China-1 CHN Qiao Hong Final Round Match 1/2 1 1996-07-29 CHN-1 3, CHN-2 1 3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China-1 CHN Qiao Hong Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1996-07-27 CHN-1 3, KOR-2 1 3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China-1 CHN Qiao Hong Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1996-07-26 CHN-1 3, TPE-2 2 3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China-1 CHN Qiao Hong Group A 1 1996-07-23 2 0 4 0 86 39
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China-1 CHN Qiao Hong Group A Match #2 1 1996-07-23 CHN-1 2, FRA 0 2
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Table Tennis China-1 CHN Qiao Hong Group A Match #3 1 1996-07-24 CHN-1 2, CAN 0 2