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Table Tennis at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 1, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeds advanced to round three. Seeds 17-32 advanced to round two.

Gold: CHN Li Xiaoxia
Silver: CHN Ding Ning
Bronze: SGP Feng Tian Wei


China had won the women’s table tennis singles event at the Olympics every year since its inception in 1988, most recently with [Zhang Yining], who had earned gold in the singles and the doubles/team categories for the past two editions. Following her retirement, compatriot [Ding Ning] entered the tournament as the number one seed and the reigning World Champion in the singles and team events. Close behind at number two was [Li Xiaoxia], also of China, who had numerous World Championship titles in team and doubles competitions. No other player came close to their dominance, and thus the Chinese were expected to take the top two podium spots and, as Li had a losing record against Ding, Ding came to London as the favorite to win the gold. With China having captured all three medals in the men’s and women’s event at the last Olympics, the International Table Tennis Federation instituted a two entrant per country rule at the tournament, leaving [Kim Gyeong-A] of South Korea as the number three seed. This would be Kim’s third Olympics: she won bronze in the singles event in 2004 and again in the team event in 2008. The restriction on national entries was not unprecedented, as it had been undertaken in swimming during the 1970s, due to American and East German dominance.

Throughout the tournament Ding seemed to be the stronger player, surrendering only one set out of thirteen through the quarterfinals. Li stumbled at times, but still easily survived to the semi-finals, where she defeated fourth-ranked [Kasumi Ishikawa] of Japan in five sets. Ding had slightly more trouble overcoming her opponent, [Feng Tian Wei] of Singapore, but eventually emerged victorious and paved the way for an all-China final. Li displayed an iron determination to defeat her teammate, winning the first two sets 11-8 and 14-12. She then seemed to wear down in the third set, losing 8-11, but picked up again in the fourth with an 11-6 victory. By the fifth set, Li’s momentum was unstoppable and she launched an aggressive barrage against which Ding had no answer. Li won this final set by the widest margin yet, 11-4, and stole the Olympic crown from the favorite. Meanwhile the Chinese-born Feng defeated her Japanese opponent to win the bronze medal, leading China to sweep the podium, at least in spirit, once more.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Li Xiaoxia 24 China CHN Gold
2 Ding Ning 22 China CHN Silver
3 Feng Tian Wei 25 Singapore SGP Bronze
4 Kasumi Ishikawa 19 Japan JPN
5T Ai Fukuhara 23 Japan JPN
5T Kim Gyeong-A 35 South Korea KOR
5T Wang Jue Gu 32 Singapore SGP
5T Jiao Li 39 Netherlands NED
9T Jiang Huajun 27 Hong Kong HKG
9T Jie Li 28 Netherlands NED
9T Jiaduo Wu 34 Germany GER
9T Yanfei Shen 32 Spain ESP
9T Qian Li 25 Poland POL
9T Viktoriya Pavlovich 34 Belarus BLR
9T Elizabeta Samara 23 Romania ROU
9T Park Mi-Yeong 30 South Korea KOR
17T Daniela Monteiro Dodean 24 Romania ROU
17T Kim Jong 23 North Korea PRK
17T Natalia Partyka 22 Poland POL
17T Anna Tikhomirova 27 Russia RUS
17T Chen Szu-Yu 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Iveta Vacenovská 26 Czech Republic CZE
17T Xue Li 27 France FRA
17T Jia Liu 30 Austria AUT
17T Qiangbing Li 27 Austria AUT
17T Huang I-Hua 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Kristin Silbereisen 27 Germany GER
17T Yi Fang Xian 34 France FRA
17T Tie Ya Na 33 Hong Kong HKG
17T Marharyta Pesotska 20 Ukraine UKR
17T Georgina Póta 27 Hungary HUN
17T Ariel Hsing 16 United States USA
33T Tetiana Sorochynska-Bilenko 28 Ukraine UKR
33T Cornelia Vaida-Molnar 28 Croatia CRO
33T Mie Skov 26 Denmark DEN
33T Wenling Tan Monfardini 39 Italy ITA
33T Krisztina Tóth 38 Hungary HUN
33T Nanthana Komwong 31 Thailand THA
33T Jian-Fang Lay 39 Australia AUS
33T Aleksandra Privalova 24 Belarus BLR
33T Mo Zhang 23 Canada CAN
33T Miao Miao 31 Australia AUS
33T Joanna Parker 25 Great Britain GBR
33T Ri Myong-Sun 20 North Korea PRK
33T Dina Meshref 18 Egypt EGY
33T Sara Ramírez 24 Spain ESP
33T Yuan Tian 37 Croatia CRO
33T Xia Lian Ni 49 Luxembourg LUX
49T Paula Medina 23 Colombia COL
49T Lily Zhang 16 United States USA
49T Nadeen El-Dawlatly 19 Egypt EGY
49T Funke Oshonaike 36 Nigeria NGR
49T Fabiola Ramos 34 Venezuela VEN
49T Lei Mendes 29 Portugal POR
49T Lígia da Silva 31 Brazil BRA
49T Xing Han 22 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
49T Melek Hu 23 Turkey TUR
49T Dana Hadačová 28 Czech Republic CZE
49T Caroline Kumahara 16 Brazil BRA
49T Sarah Hanffou 25 Cameroon CMR
49T Yana Noskova 18 Russia RUS
49T Ankita Das 19 India IND
49T Berta Rodríguez 41 Chile CHI
49T Yadira Silva 26 Mexico MEX
65T Neda Shahsavari 25 Iran IRI
65T Anolyn Lulu 33 Vanuatu VAN
65T Aia Magdi 17 Qatar QAT
65T Yasmin Farah Hassan 18 Djibouti DJI
65T Tvin Moumjoghlian 23 Lebanon LIB
65T Offiong Edem 25 Nigeria NGR