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Table Tennis at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): State Sports Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 25, 2000
Format: Round-robin qualifying pools, followed by single-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeded directly into single-elimination.

Gold: CHN Kong Linghui
Silver: SWE Jan-Ove Waldner
Bronze: CHN Liu Guoliang

Summary

The men’s singles was expected to come down to the last two Chinese world champions, Kong Linghui, known as King Kong, and the 1996 gold medalist, Liu Guoliang and 1999 World Champion. Liu had failed two doping tests for testosterone after the 1999 World Championships, but was reinstated for the Sydney Olympics. The International Table Tennis Federation ( ITTF) cleared Liu's name after a three-month-long investigation showed no evidence for exogenous origin of epitestosterone in Liu's samples and declared that there was no doping offense. In the semi-finals Liu went out to the 1992 Olympic champion Jan-Ove Waldner in straight games. That set up the final between Kong and Waldner. They split the first four games but Kong raced ahead 10-1 in the final. Waldner fought back, but Kong finished strongly, winning the gold medal in five games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kong Linghui 24 China CHN Gold
2 Jan-Ove Waldner 34 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Liu Guoliang 24 China CHN Bronze
4 Jörgen Persson 34 Sweden SWE
5T Jörg Roßkopf 31 Germany GER
5T Liu Guozheng 20 China CHN
5T Vladimir Samsonov 24 Belarus BLR
5T Werner Schlager 27 Austria AUT
9T Chiang Peng-Lung 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Christophe Legoût 27 France FRA
9T Damien Éloi 31 France FRA
9T Jean-Michel Saive 30 Belgium BEL
9T Koji Matsushita 33 Japan JPN
9T Lucjan Błaszczyk 25 Poland POL
9T Timo Boll 19 Germany GER
9T Toshio Tasaki 25 Japan JPN
17T Chang Yen-Shu 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Cheung Yuk 18 Hong Kong HKG
17T Danny Heister 28 Netherlands NED
17T Jean-Philippe Gatien 31 France FRA
17T Johnny Huang 37 Canada CAN
17T Kallinikos Kreangka 28 Greece GRE
17T Kim Taek-Su 30 South Korea KOR
17T Lee Cheol-Seung 28 South Korea KOR
17T Peter Franz 29 Germany GER
17T Peter Karlsson 31 Sweden SWE
17T Philippe Saive 29 Belgium BEL
17T Seiko Iseki 38 Japan JPN
17T Trinko Keen 28 Netherlands NED
17T Yu Seung-Min 18 South Korea KOR
17T Zoran Primorac 31 Croatia CRO
17T Petr Korbel 29 Czech Republic CZE
33T Adrian Crişan 20 Romania ROU
33T Yinghua Cheng 41 United States USA
33T Chetan Baboor 26 India IND
33T David Zhuang 37 United States USA
33T Yi Ding 41 Austria AUT
33T El-Sayed Lashin 20 Egypt EGY
33T Hugo Hoyama 31 Brazil BRA
33T Josef Plachý 29 Czech Republic CZE
33T Song Liu 28 Argentina ARG
33T Mark Smythe 27 Australia AUS
33T Matthew Syed 29 Great Britain GBR
33T Daniel Tsiokas 29 Greece GRE
33T Segun Toriola 25 Nigeria NGR
33T Slobodan Grujić 27 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
33T Tomasz Krzeszewski 25 Poland POL
33T Yevgeny Shchetinin 30 Belarus BLR
49T Anton Suseno 28 Indonesia INA
49T Ashraf Helmy 33 Egypt EGY
49T Augusto Morales 33 Chile CHI
49T Francisco Arado 28 Cuba CUB
49T Gdara Hamam 20 Tunisia TUN
49T Hamad Al-Hammadi 24 Qatar QAT
49T Patrick Sahajasein 30 Mauritius MRI
49T Jorge Gambra 37 Chile CHI
49T Kurt Liu 22 Canada CAN
49T Leung Chu Yan 21 Hong Kong HKG
49T Majidreza Ehteshamzadeh 43 Iran IRI
49T Peter Akinlabi 27 Nigeria NGR
49T Peter Jackson 35 New Zealand NZL
49T Renier Sosa 28 Cuba CUB
49T Russ Lavale 26 Australia AUS
49T Simon Gerada 19 Australia AUS