Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 18, 2008
Format: Each team consisted of three players. In each team match, at most 5 matches were played, two singles, one double, and (if necessary) two more singles. Winners of each pool in round one advanced to the single elimination tournament, runners-up in each pool played off for a place in the bronze medal match.
The first Olympic men’s team event was won by China, to nobody’s amazement. In the final, China faced the Germans, but won all three matches to win 3-0. Korea won the bronze medal, defeating Austria in the bronze medal match, 3-1. Germany was led by Timo Boll, one of the few top European players in the 2000s. In the semi-final, they narrowly defeated Japan, 3-2, and Japan did not make it thru the repêchage round to contest the bronze medal.