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Table Tennis at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 25, 1996
Date Finished: August 1, 1996
Format: Round-robin qualifying pools, followed by single-elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN Liu Guoliang
Silver: CHN Wang Tao
Bronze: GER Jörg Roßkopf

Summary

The favorite was 1995 World Champion, Kong Linghui, known as King Kong. He had been sent to Europe in the early 1990s to learn from the top European players who were dominating men’s singles play. But he was defeated in the round of 16 by Korea’s Kim Taek-Soo. The final still came down to two Chinese players – Liu Guoliang, who had been runner-up at the 1995 Worlds, and Wang Tao. The final was close for four games, which they split, but Liu overwhelmed Wang in the final game, 21-6. Liu would later win the 1999 World Championships. The defending champion, Jan-Ove Waldner, had his worst ever performance at a major event, losing early to Canadian Wenguang “Johnny” Huang. The surprise of the tournament was Petr Korbel (CZE), who eliminated both Jean-Philippe Gatien and Jean-Michel Saive , before finishing fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Liu Guoliang 20 China CHN Gold
2 Wang Tao 28 China CHN Silver
3 Jörg Roßkopf 27 Germany GER Bronze
4 Petr Korbel 25 Czech Republic CZE
5T Kim Taek-Su 26 South Korea KOR
5T Johnny Huang 33 Canada CAN
5T Jean-Michel Saive 26 Belgium BEL
5T Vladimir Samsonov 20 Belarus BLR
9T Kong Linghui 20 China CHN
9T Patrick Chila 26 France FRA
9T Koji Matsushita 28 Japan JPN
9T Jan-Ove Waldner 30 Sweden SWE
9T Zoran Primorac 27 Croatia CRO
9T Hugo Hoyama 27 Brazil BRA
9T Dmitry Mazunov 25 Russia RUS
9T Yu Nam-Gyu 28 South Korea KOR
17T Chiang Peng-Lung 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Andrey Mazunov 29 Russia RUS
17T Andrzej Grubba 38 Poland POL
17T Xinhua Chen 36 Great Britain GBR
17T Daniel Tsiokas 25 Greece GRE
17T Hiroshi Shibutani 29 Japan JPN
17T Jean-Philippe Gatien 27 France FRA
17T Jörgen Persson 30 Sweden SWE
17T Kallinikos Kreangka 24 Greece GRE
17T Károly Németh 25 Hungary HUN
17T Lee Cheol-Seung 24 South Korea KOR
17T Li Gun-Sang 30 North Korea PRK
17T Peter Franz 25 Germany GER
17T Peter Karlsson 27 Sweden SWE
17T Slobodan Grujić 22 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
17T Werner Schlager 23 Austria AUT
33T Toshio Tasaki 21 Japan JPN
33T Aleksandar Karakašević 20 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
33T Anton Suseno 24 Indonesia INA
33T Carl Prean 28 Great Britain GBR
33T Choi Kyong-Sob 24 North Korea PRK
33T Danny Heister 24 Netherlands NED
33T David Zhuang 32 United States USA
33T Yi Ding 37 Austria AUT
33T Ilija Lupulesku 28 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
33T Jim Butler 25 United States USA
33T Kim Song-Hui 27 North Korea PRK
33T Lo Chuen Tsung 32 Hong Kong HKG
33T Philippe Saive 25 Belgium BEL
33T Segun Toriola 21 Nigeria NGR
33T Vasile Florea 28 Romania ROU
33T Zoltán Bátorfi 21 Hungary HUN
49T Ahmed Mohamed Osama 33 Sudan SUD
49T Augusto Morales 29 Chile CHI
49T Chetan Baboor 22 India IND
49T Dexter St. Louis 28 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
49T Dukhail Al-Habashi 20 Kuwait KUW
49T Joe Ng 32 Canada CAN
49T Guillermo Muñoz 31 Mexico MEX
49T Hamad Al-Hammadi 20 Qatar QAT
49T Isaac Opoku 20 Ghana GHA
49T Mark Smythe 23 Australia AUS
49T Michael Hyatt 26 Jamaica JAM
49T Paul Langley 24 Australia AUS
49T Paul Mutambuze 31 Uganda UGA
49T Stephen Hylton 31 Jamaica JAM
49T Sule Olaleye 28 Nigeria NGR
49T Tarik Hodžić 23 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH