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Table Tennis at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Singles

Table Tennis at the 1988 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Gymnasium, Seoul National University, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Round-robin qualifying pools, followed by single-elimination tournament.

Gold: KOR Yu Nam-Gyu
Silver: KOR Kim Gi-Taek
Bronze: SWE Erik Lindh


The story of the 1988 men’s singles tournament was the demise of the top five seeds prior to the semi-finals. The favorite was the 1985 and 1987 World Champion, [Jiang Jialiang] (CHN), but he lost in the quarter-finals. Also defeated in that round were the #2 seed, [Jan-Ove Waldner] (SWE), and #3 seed, [Chen Longcan] (CHN). The final came down to two Korean players – [Yoo Nam-Kyu] and [Kim Ki-Taik] – which was quite popular with the home crowd. In the final, Yoo, the 1987 Asian Games champion, lost the first game, but then came back to win in four games. The fourth-place finisher, [Tibor Klampár] (HUN), had been doubles World Champion in 1971.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yu Nam-Gyu 20 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Kim Gi-Taek 25 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Erik Lindh 24 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Tibor Klampár 35 Hungary HUN
5 Jiang Jialiang 24 China CHN
6 Chen Longcan 23 China CHN
7 Jörgen Persson 22 Sweden SWE
8 Jan-Ove Waldner 22 Sweden SWE
9T Xu Zengcai 26 China CHN
9T Andrzej Grubba 30 Poland POL
9T Zoran Primorac 19 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Desmond Douglas 33 Great Britain GBR
9T Ilija Lupulesku 20 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Seiji Ono 32 Japan JPN
9T Leszek Kucharski 29 Poland POL
9T Yi Ding 29 Austria AUT
17T Alan Cooke 22 Great Britain GBR
17T Georg Böhm 26 West Germany FRG
17T Huang Huei-Chieh 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Jindřich Panský 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Jörg Roßkopf 19 West Germany FRG
17T Kiyoshi Saito 25 Japan JPN
17T Liu Fuk Man 35 Hong Kong HKG
17T Lo Chuen Tsung 24 Hong Kong HKG
25T Carl Prean 21 Great Britain GBR
25T Farjad Saif 22 Pakistan PAK
25T Jean-Michel Saive 18 Belgium BEL
25T Kamlesh Mehta 28 India IND
25T Kim Wan 27 South Korea KOR
25T Patrick Birocheau 32 France FRA
25T Wu Wen-Chia 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
25T Yoshihito Miyazaki 29 Japan JPN
33T Andrey Mazunov 21 Soviet Union URS
33T Atanda Musa 28 Nigeria NGR
33T Chih Chin-Long 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T Jean-Philippe Gatien 19 France FRA
33T Mariano Domuschiev 30 Bulgaria BUL
33T Vong Lu Veng 38 Hong Kong HKG
33T Zoran Kalinić 30 Yugoslavia YUG
33T Zsolt Harczi 21 Hungary HUN
41T Barry Griffiths 24 New Zealand NZL
41T Cláudio Kano 22 Brazil BRA
41T Gary Haberl 23 Australia AUS
41T Joe Ng 24 Canada CAN
41T Massimo Costantini 30 Italy ITA
41T Piotr Molenda 26 Poland POL
41T Sean O'Neill 21 United States USA
41T Yomi Bankole 28 Nigeria NGR
49T Abdul Wahab Ali 30 Iraq IRQ
49T Ashraf Helmy 21 Egypt EGY
49T Carlos Kawai 19 Brazil BRA
49T Jorge Gambra 25 Chile CHI
49T Marcos Núñez 27 Chile CHI
49T Mario Álvarez 28 Dominican Republic DOM
49T Sujay Ghorpade 23 India IND
49T Tonny Maringgi 29 Indonesia INA
57T Alain Choo Choy 19 Mauritius MRI
57T Francisco López 25 Venezuela VEN
57T Garfield Jones 22 Jamaica JAM
57T Gilany Hosnani 31 Mauritius MRI
57T Lotfi Joudi 25 Tunisia TUN
57T Raymundo Fermín 27 Dominican Republic DOM
57T Mourad Sta 21 Tunisia TUN
57T Sherif El-Saket 18 Egypt EGY