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Table Tennis at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Doubles

Table Tennis at the 2004 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Galatsi Olympic Hall, Galatsi
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament. Top 8 seeds advanced to round three. Seeds 9-16 advanced to round two.

Gold: CHN China-1
Silver: HKG Hong Kong-2
Bronze: DEN Denmark

Summary

Wang Liqin and Yan Sen had won the 2000 gold medal and the World Championships in 2001 and 2003. But they were not chosen for the Chinese team in Athina. Chinese depth in table tennis was such that they were barely missed. In their absence the top seeds were Chen Qi and Ma Lin. They made it to the final easily where they met the Hong Kong pair of Ko Lai-Chak and Li Ching, who had emigrated from China in 2000. The final went to six games, with Chen and Ma winning easily in the sixth game, 11-5. The Hong Kong medal was only the second ever at the Olympics for that nation. The bronze medal went to the Danish pair of Michael Maze and Finn Tugwell, the only non-Asian medal in table tennis at the 2004 Olympics. The second Chinese team, Kong Linghui and Wang Hao, were surprisingly eliminated in the round of 16 by the Swedish team of Jan-Ove Waldner and Jörgen Persson.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 China-1 CHN Gold
2 Hong Kong-2 HKG Silver
3 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Russia RUS
5T Poland POL
5T Sweden SWE
5T Serbia and Montenegro SCG
5T South Korea-2 KOR
9T Netherlands NED
9T Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Austria AUT
9T China-2 CHN
9T Germany-2 GER
9T Hong Kong-1 HKG
9T Japan-2 JPN
9T South Korea-1 KOR
17T Australia-1 AUS
17T United States USA
17T Nigeria-2 NGR
17T Canada CAN
17T Japan-1 JPN
17T Czech Republic CZE
17T Greece GRE
17T Germany-1 GER
25T Italy ITA
25T Nigeria-1 NGR
25T Chile CHI
25T Australia-2 AUS
25T Algeria ALG
25T Congo (Kinshasa) COD
25T Argentina ARG
25T Brazil BRA