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Table Tennis at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games

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Sports:

Host City: Beijing, China
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Events: 4

Participants: 171 (86 men and 85 women) from 56 countries
Youngest Participant: PAR Marcelo Aguirre (15 years, 211 days)
Oldest Participant: ESP Zhiwen He (46 years, 201 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 6 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): CHN China (8 medals)

Overview

Table tennis saw a change in its program in 2008. Because of the Chinese dominance, it was elected to dispense with the doubles event, in which China had won all but one gold medal, and replace it with a team event. The team event consisted of 16 teams separated into four pools of four teams. Each match consisted of two singles matches and a doubles match, played by teams of three players each. The two best teams in each pool advanced to a single-elimination tournament. Despite this the Chinese dominated table tennis in Beijing, as expected. They swept the medals in both singles contests, and won both team events.

Medalists