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Table Tennis at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Singles

Table Tennis at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Riocentro – Pavilion 3, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 11, 2016
Format: Single-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeds advanced to round three. Seeds 17-32 advanced to round two.

Gold: CHN Ma Long
Silver: CHN Zhang Jike
Bronze: JPN Jun Mizutani


For the singles qualification, the world ranking list was used with a maximum of two players per nation. Players who did not participate in any of the qualification tournaments were eliminated from the list. The 22 best players qualified for Rio with 40 more places awarded to players from continental qualification tournaments. These included six players each from both Africa and Latin America, 11 each from Asia and Europe, and three each from both North America and Oceania. The remaining eight players received wild card entries, including players from the host nation.

In Rio, the 12 lowest ranked players on the world ranking took part in a preliminary round with six progressing to the first round and they were then joined by the players ranked 33-70 on the word list. In the second round the first round winners met players 17-32 in the world rankings, and It was not until the third round that the world’s 16 best ranked players joined the tournament and further elimination matches took place. These singles formats were the same as in London and possibly Beijing.

All matches were played to the best-of seven, with the first to win four sets taking the match. [Dimitrij Ovtcharov] of Germany and [Bojan Tokič] of Slovenia set a world record in their round of 16 match, when the first set went to 64 games, which Bojan Tokič won 33-31. [Zhiwen He] from Spain was the oldest player at the age of 54 and [Kanak Jha] of the USA was the youngest at 16. [Ma Long] easily won his first Olympic singles final against his Chinese team-mate [Zhang Jike] by four sets to one. The clear pre-tournament favourite, he lost only four sets in the entire competition, two in the last-32 and two in the semi-final. Sensationally [Vladimir Samsonov] from Belarus reached the semi-final after beating Ovtcharov in the quarter-final, but was finally placed an unfortunate fourth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ma Long 27 China CHN Gold
2 Zhang Jike 28 China CHN Silver
3 Jun Mizutani 27 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Vladimir Samsonov 40 Belarus BLR
5T Quadri Aruna 27 Nigeria NGR
5T Marcos Freitas 28 Portugal POR
5T Dimitrij Ovtcharov 27 Germany GER
5T Koki Niwa 21 Japan JPN
9T Jeoung Young-Sik 24 South Korea KOR
9T Timo Boll 35 Germany GER
9T Lei Kou 28 Ukraine UKR
9T Hugo Calderano 20 Brazil BRA
9T Bojan Tokič 35 Slovenia SLO
9T Paul Drinkhall 26 Great Britain GBR
9T Chun Ting Wong 24 Hong Kong HKG
9T Adrian Crișan 36 Romania ROU
17T Jonathan Groth 23 Denmark DEN
17T Liam Pitchford 23 Great Britain GBR
17T Aleksandr Shibayev 25 Russia RUS
17T Chuang Chih-Yuan 35 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Ovidiu Ionescu 27 Romania ROU
17T Simon Gauzy 21 France FRA
17T Tang Peng 35 Hong Kong HKG
17T Panagiotis Gionis 36 Greece GRE
17T Ping Li 30 Qatar QAT
17T Tiago Apolónia 30 Portugal POR
17T Andrej Gaćina 30 Croatia CRO
17T Kristian Karlsson 24 Sweden SWE
17T Eugene Wang 30 Canada CAN
17T Stefan Fegerl 27 Austria AUT
17T Lee Sang-Su 25 South Korea KOR
17T Chen Chien-An 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T Benedek Oláh 25 Finland FIN
33T Zokhid Kenyayev 24 Uzbekistan UZB
33T Jakub Dyjas 20 Poland POL
33T Yang Wang 21 Slovakia SVK
33T Robert Gardos 37 Austria AUT
33T Omar Assar 25 Egypt EGY
33T Pär Gerell 34 Sweden SWE
33T Padasak Tanviriyavechakul 20 Thailand THA
33T Ádám Pattantyús 37 Hungary HUN
33T Zengyi Wang 33 Poland POL
33T Gao Ning 33 Singapore SGP
33T Jianan Wang 33 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
33T Ahmet Li 25 Turkey TUR
33T Segun Toriola 41 Nigeria NGR
33T Emmanuel Lebesson 28 France FRA
33T Zhiwen He 54 Spain ESP
49T Feng Chen 22 Singapore SGP
49T Lubomír Jančařík 28 Czech Republic CZE
49T Marcelo Aguirre 23 Paraguay PAR
49T Marcos Madrid 29 Mexico MEX
49T Nima Alamian 23 Iran IRI
49T Brian Afanador 19 Puerto Rico PUR
49T Andy Pereira 26 Cuba CUB
49T Soumyajit Ghosh 23 India IND
49T Kirill Gerasimenko 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
49T Noshad Alamian 24 Iran IRI
49T Aleksandar Karakašević 40 Serbia SRB
49T Gustavo Tsuboi 31 Brazil BRA
49T Jorge Campos 24 Cuba CUB
49T Dmitrij Prokopcov 36 Czech Republic CZE
49T Sharath Kamal Achanta 34 India IND
49T Tom Feng 19 United States USA
65T David Powell 25 Australia AUS
65T Yoshua Shing 23 Vanuatu VAN
65T Kanak Jha 16 United States USA
65T Suraju Saka 40 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
65T Chris Yan 27 Australia AUS
65T Khalid Assar 23 Egypt EGY