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Table Tennis at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Galatsi Olympic Hall, Galatsi
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 23, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeds advanced to round three. Seeds 17-32 advanced to round two.

Gold: KOR Yu Seung-Min
Silver: CHN Wang Hao
Bronze: CHN Wang Liqin

Summary

The top seed was China’s Wang Liqin, who was the 2001 World Champion, and would win again in 2005 and 2007. But in the semis in Athina, he went out to his countryman, Wang Hao. In the final Wang Hao met Korean Ryu Seung-Min, who was seeded third. Wang was favored as he had defeated Ryu six of the seven times they had met, but Wang lost after he failed to convert a match ball in the fifth game. The final went to six games, with Ryu prevailing, the first non-Chinese to win a table tennis gold medal since 1992, and the first in men’s singles since the inaugural Olympic event in 1988, also won by a Korean, Yoo Nam-Kyu. The surprise of the tournament was the 38-year-old Swede, Jan-Ove Waldner. Little was expected of the 1992 gold medalist, but he eliminated the second seed, Ma Lin, and reached the semis, placing fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yu Seung-Min 22 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Wang Hao 20 China CHN Silver
3 Wang Liqin 26 China CHN Bronze
4 Jan-Ove Waldner 38 Sweden SWE
5T Ko Lai Chak 28 Hong Kong HKG
5T Chuan Chih-Yuan 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
5T Leung Chu Yan 25 Hong Kong HKG
5T Timo Boll 23 Germany GER
9T Ju Se-Hyeok 24 South Korea KOR
9T Jörgen Persson 38 Sweden SWE
9T O Sang-Eun 27 South Korea KOR
9T Luis Lin 24 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Chiang Peng-Lung 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Vladimir Samsonov 28 Belarus BLR
9T Werner Schlager 31 Austria AUT
9T Ma Lin 24 China CHN
17T Trinko Keen 32 Netherlands NED
17T Song Liu 32 Argentina ARG
17T Petr Korbel 33 Czech Republic CZE
17T Kallinikos Kreangka 32 Greece GRE
17T Peter Karlsson 35 Sweden SWE
17T Weixing Chen 32 Austria AUT
17T Jean-Michel Saive 34 Belgium BEL
17T Jörg Roßkopf 35 Germany GER
17T Koji Matsushita 36 Japan JPN
17T Adrian Crişan 24 Romania ROU
17T Michael Maze 22 Denmark DEN
17T Lucjan Błaszczyk 29 Poland POL
17T Li Ching 29 Hong Kong HKG
17T Patrick Chila 34 France FRA
17T Aleksandar Karakašević 28 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
17T Zoran Primorac 35 Croatia CRO
33T Torben Wosik 30 Germany GER
33T Slobodan Grujić 30 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
33T Sharath Kamal Achanta 22 India IND
33T Monday Merotohun 26 Nigeria NGR
33T Min Yang 41 Italy ITA
33T William Henzell 22 Australia AUS
33T Aleksey Smirnov 26 Russia RUS
33T Tomasz Krzeszewski 29 Poland POL
33T Danny Heister 32 Netherlands NED
33T Ilija Lupulesku 36 United States USA
33T O Il 26 North Korea PRK
33T Zhiwen He 42 Spain ESP
33T Thiago Monteiro 23 Brazil BRA
33T Segun Toriola 29 Nigeria NGR
33T Johnny Huang 41 Canada CAN
33T Srđan Miličević 27 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
49T Mohamed Guèye 20 Senegal SEN
49T Shu Arai 29 Japan JPN
49T Mohamed Boudjadja 20 Algeria ALG
49T Momo Babungu 21 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
49T Đoàn Kiến Quốc 25 Vietnam VIE
49T Khoa Dinh Nguyen 37 United States USA
49T Ryo Yuzawa 27 Japan JPN
49T Hugo Hoyama 35 Brazil BRA
49T Trevor Brown 25 Australia AUS
49T Juan Papic 33 Chile CHI
49T José Luyindula 17 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
49T Panagiotis Gionis 24 Greece GRE
49T Mohamed Reza Akhlagh Pasand 25 Iran IRI
49T Pablo Tabachnik 26 Argentina ARG
49T Khalid Al-Harbi 29 Saudi Arabia KSA
49T Russ Lavale 30 Australia AUS