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Table Tennis at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 31, 1996
Format: Round-robin qualifying pools, followed by single-elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN Deng Yaping
Silver: TPE Chen Jing
Bronze: CHN Qiao Hong

Summary

The defending champion, Deng Yaping, was World Champion in 1991 and 1995, and was favored. Also back was the 1988 gold medalist, Chen Jing, but she was now representing Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). They were joined by 1992 silver medalist and 1989 World Champion, Qiao Hong, and the 1987 World Champion, Chire Koyama of Japan. Koyama had won her world title competing for China as He Zhili. The final in Atlanta came down to the last two gold medalists, Deng against Chen. Known as Chinese Taipei in the Olympic Movement, the IOC had brokered a deal in 1980 with the Republic of China, in which they could compete but not under the Taiwanese flag. Instead they used a special flag with the Olympic Symbol on it. But in the audience during the final, a spectator unfurled the actual Taiwanese flag. Police were called to remove the fan and the flag, as IOC rules forbid the display of any flags of non-competing nations by spectators. The final was extremely close for four games, but Deng crushed Chen in the fifth game, 21-5, to repeat as gold medalist.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Deng Yaping 23 China CHN Gold
2 Chen Jing 27 Chinese Taipei TPE Silver
3 Qiao Hong 27 China CHN Bronze
4 Liu Wei 26 China CHN
5T Nicole Struse 25 Germany GER
5T Kim Hyon-Hui 16 North Korea PRK
5T Chan Tan Lui 27 Hong Kong HKG
5T Chire Koyama 31 Japan JPN
9T Park Hae-Jeong 23 South Korea KOR
9T Dai-Yong Tu 28 Switzerland SUI
9T Hai Po Wa 30 Hong Kong HKG
9T Otilia Bădescu 25 Romania ROU
9T Csilla Bátorfi 27 Hungary HUN
9T Lijuan Geng 33 Canada CAN
9T Tu Jong-Sil 17 North Korea PRK
9T Jing Jun Hong 27 Singapore SIN
17T Adriana Năstase-Simion-Zamfir 24 Romania ROU
17T Amy Feng 27 United States USA
17T Chunli Li 34 New Zealand NZL
17T Flyura Bulatova-Abbate 32 Italy ITA
17T Irina Palina 26 Russia RUS
17T Jie Schöpp 28 Germany GER
17T Kim Hyang-Mi 16 North Korea PRK
17T Lily Hugh-Yip 32 United States USA
17T Lyanne Kosaka 22 Brazil BRA
17T Marie Svensson 28 Sweden SWE
17T Olga Nemes 28 Germany GER
17T Park Gyeong-Ae 24 South Korea KOR
17T Rika Sato 24 Japan JPN
17T Rūta Garkauskaitė 31 Lithuania LTU
17T Yu Ji-Hye 20 South Korea KOR
17T Taeko Todo 27 Japan JPN
33T Alessia Arisi 24 Italy ITA
33T Åsa Svensson 25 Sweden SWE
33T Chen Chiu-Tan 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T Emilia Elena Ciosu 25 Romania ROU
33T Gerdie Keen 26 Netherlands NED
33T Bettine Vriesekoop 34 Netherlands NED
33T Jana Dobešová 27 Czech Republic CZE
33T Krisztina Tóth 22 Hungary HUN
33T Lisa Lomas 29 Great Britain GBR
33T Mirjam Hooman-Kloppenburg 30 Netherlands NED
33T Shirley Zhou 18 Australia AUS
33T Tamara Boroš 24 Croatia CRO
33T Valentina Popovová 35 Slovakia SVK
33T Xiao-Ming Wang-Dréchou 33 France FRA
33T Xu Jing 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T Elena Timina 27 Russia RUS
49T Aida Steshenko 27 Turkmenistan TKM
49T Ambika Radhika 23 India IND
49T Berta Rodríguez 25 Chile CHI
49T Blanca Alejo 34 Dominican Republic DOM
49T Bose Kaffo 23 Nigeria NGR
49T Eliana González 27 Peru PER
49T Fabiola Ramos 18 Venezuela VEN
49T Larissa Chouaib 30 Lebanon LIB
49T June Kyakobye 29 Uganda UGA
49T Moosaka Uganda UGA
49T Monica Doti 26 Brazil BRA
49T Funke Oshonaike 20 Nigeria NGR
49T Petra Cada 17 Canada CAN
49T Rossy Pratiwi Dipoyanti 24 Indonesia INA
49T Sonia Touati 23 Tunisia TUN