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Table Tennis at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women'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 24, 2000
Format: Round-robin qualifying pools, followed by single-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeded directly into single-elimination.

Gold: CHN Wang Nan
Silver: CHN Li Ju
Bronze: TPE Chen Jing

Summary

By now the Olympic women’s singles was essentially a Chinese national championship, consisting of the three players representing China, and numerous other Chinese-born players who were competing for other nations. Seven of the eight quarterfinalists were born in China. The final came down to 1999 World Champion Wang Nan against her doubles partner Li Ju, with whom she had won the 1999 World doubles title, and earlier in the week, the Olympic gold medal. It was an extremely close match, going to five games, with Wang prevailing 21-18 in the final game. Wang had been close to elimination in the quarter-finals against her former countrywomen, Li Jia Wei, who now competed for Singapore. She was down 2-1 in games, and narrowly won the fourth, 23-21. Another Singapore player, Jing Jun Hong, placed fourth, missing out on a $145,000 bonus offered to any Singapore athlete to the nation’s first Olympic medal since 1960.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wang Nan 21 China CHN Gold
2 Li Ju 24 China CHN Silver
3 Chen Jing 31 Chinese Taipei TPE Bronze
4 Jing Jun Hong 31 Singapore SIN
5T Chire Koyama 35 Japan JPN
5T Mihaela Şteff 21 Romania ROU
5T Qianhong Gotsch 32 Germany GER
5T Yu Ji-Hye 24 South Korea KOR
9T An Konishi 19 Japan JPN
9T Åsa Svensson 29 Sweden SWE
9T Chen-Tong Fei-Ming 31 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Krisztina Tóth 26 Hungary HUN
9T Li Jia Wei 19 Singapore SIN
9T Lijuan Geng 37 Canada CAN
9T Seog Eun-Mi 23 South Korea KOR
9T Xia Lian Ni 37 Luxembourg LUX
17T Anne Boileau 25 France FRA
17T Chunli Li 38 New Zealand NZL
17T Csilla Bátorfi 31 Hungary HUN
17T Galina Melnik 30 Russia RUS
17T Irina Palina 30 Russia RUS
17T Jia Liu 18 Austria AUT
17T Jie Schöpp 32 Germany GER
17T Jing Tian-Zörner 37 Germany GER
17T Gao Jun 31 United States USA
17T Lee Eun-Sil 23 South Korea KOR
17T Marie Svensson 33 Sweden SWE
17T Otilia Bădescu 29 Romania ROU
17T Rinko Sakata 27 Japan JPN
17T Sun Jin 20 China CHN
17T Tamara Boroš 28 Croatia CRO
17T Xu Jing 32 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T Andrea Bakula 19 Croatia CRO
33T Eldijana Aganović 28 Croatia CRO
33T Jasna Fazlić-Reed 29 United States USA
33T Karen Li 22 New Zealand NZL
33T Miao Miao 19 Australia AUS
33T Oksana Kushch-Fadeyeva 25 Russia RUS
33T Olena Kovtun 33 Ukraine UKR
33T Rūta Garkauskaitė 35 Lithuania LTU
33T Shirley Zhou 22 Australia AUS
33T Song Ah Sim 19 Hong Kong HKG
33T Tatyana Kostromina 27 Belarus BLR
33T Veronika Pavlovich 22 Belarus BLR
33T Viktoriya Pavlovich 22 Belarus BLR
33T Wong Ching 20 Hong Kong HKG
33T Xiao-Xiao Wang 19 Canada CAN
33T Zita Molnár 24 Hungary HUN
49T Aida Steshenko 32 Turkmenistan TKM
49T Berta Rodríguez 29 Chile CHI
49T Bose Kaffo 27 Nigeria NGR
49T Fabiola Ramos 22 Venezuela VEN
49T Funke Oshonaike 24 Nigeria NGR
49T Lígia da Silva 19 Brazil BRA
49T Marisel Ramírez 30 Cuba CUB
49T Moosaka Uganda UGA
49T Nanthana Komwong 20 Thailand THA
49T Poulomi Ghatak 17 India IND
49T Shahira El-Alfy 23 Egypt EGY
49T Shaimaa Abdul Aziz 19 Egypt EGY
49T Sofija Tepes 27 Chile CHI
49T Stella Zhou 27 Australia AUS
49T Tatiana Al-Najar 33 Jordan JOR
49T Tawny Banh 25 United States USA