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Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 07:30 PM 17 Aug (Rio)
Men's Team Gold Medal Team Match

3 (Won)

1 (Lost)

People's Republic of China

Japan


People's Republic of China (CHN)
Japan (JPN)

(Local) / 11:00 AM 17 Aug (Rio)
Men's Team Bronze Medal Team Match

1 (Lost)

3 (Won)

Republic of Korea

Germany


Germany (GER)

(Local) / 07:30 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Women's Team Gold Medal Team Match

3 (Won)

0 (Lost)

People's Republic of China

Germany


People's Republic of China (CHN)
Germany (GER)

(Local) / 11:00 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Women's Team Bronze Medal Team Match

1 (Lost)

3 (Won)

Singapore

Japan


Japan (JPN)

(Local) / 03:00 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Men's Team Round 1

0 (Lost)

3 (Won)

Australia

Hong Kong, China


Heming Hu Dave Powell Chris Yan


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Experienced Aussies ready to take it to the Chinese

There is no doubting that the Chinese have long-dominated Olympic table tennis since its inception at the 1988 Games having claimed 24 of a possible 28 gold medals. They will again be favourites to dominate competition in Rio but that will not frighten off the Aussie underdogs as they look to cause the world’s best some headaches at Rio Centro.

Women to watch: Jian Fang-Lay will become Australia’s only ever five-time Australian table tennis athletes with the pair having competed in every Games since 2000. Melissa Tapper will create some history of her own as she becomes the first Australian athlete to compete at both the Parlympic Games and the Olympic Games. The pair will be joined by their 2014 Commonwealth Games teammate Sally Zhang for the teams event. 

Men to watch: The men's team will feature three Olympic debutants in Rio. David Powell is Australia's highest ranked athlete and alongside Chris Yan, who is Sally Zhang's fiance, the pair will contest the singles competitions in Rio. Heming Hu will join them for the teams event. The trio all competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

Australia qualified two men's singles and two women's singles positions for Rio 2016 through the Oceania Qualification Tournament. As a result Australia also qualified a men's and women's team for Rio which afforded them one extra man and women who will only compete in the team event in Rio.

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Nomination to the AOC

Following the confirmation of quota spots to Australian athletes from the ITTF in Singles events, Table Tennis Australia (TTA) will nominate these athletes to the AOC for selection.

Where Australia qualifies for the Team event in either gender but less than three athletes for that gender qualify a singles place, TTA will nominate a third athlete to the AOC for the Team event who is the next highest Australian singles athlete at the Australian Olympic Qualification Tournament. This athlete would only compete in the Team event at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Athletes will also be required to satisfy a series of event participation requirements.

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Selection by the AOC

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Key dates

  • May 2016 - ITTF Olympic Singles Ranking list released

Competition Format & Events

There are four Olympic table tennis competitions: men’s singles and teams and women’s singles and teams. In singles all events follow a knockout (single elimination) format with each match consisting of the best four out of seven games to at least 11 points, where the winner must win by at least two points. Players have two serves in a row, except when the points score reaches 10 all, after which the serve alternates each point at the end of each set the players will swap sides.

A team match at the Olympic competition is called a “contest”. Each contest consists of four singles matches and one doubles match. All matches in a contest are the best of five, with no other differences from men’s and women’s singles events. The teams competition is held in two stages. The first stage is group round robin; the second stage is knock-out. In the first stage, the 16 participating teams will be divided into four groups. The group round robin system will be used to decide the places in each group. In the second stage, the winning teams of each group play-off in a knockout semi-final format for the gold and silver medals. The second placed teams of each group and the semi-final contest losers play-off for the bronze medal.

The team competition for men and women replaced the doubles events at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Australia and Olympic Table Tennis

Australia has been represented at every Olympic Games since the sport began in 1988 but has never won a table tennis medal in Olympic competition. At Sydney 2000 in front of a home crowd, Australia’s Miao Miao and Shirley Zhou combined in the women’s doubles to claim Australia’s best result in the sport, fifth out of 34 teams.

At the London 2012 Games Miao and teammate Jian Fang-Ley competed in their fourth Olympic Games, the most ever by an Australian table tennis player. They will look to break this record again by qualifying for their fifth Olympic Games in Rio.

William Henzell made history by being the first male to win a singles and doubles match at the 2004 Athens Games before recording a third round finish in Beijing and London – the best ever result by an Australia male in an Olympic singles tournament.

Read more about table tennis at the Olympics and Australia’s history here>>>

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Did you know

  • Top table tennis athletes can smash the ball over 100km/ph. The light-weight of the ball limits it going much faster than 105-110km/ph.
  • A table tennis table is split down the centre by a white line dividing each side into two halves. A player serves the ball from the right hand side and the ball must land on the right hand side of the table of the receiver.
  • When playing doubles the players on each team must alternate who hits the ball. If one player serves the ball then that player’s teammate must hit the next shot that comes their way and so on in sequence until the point finishes. 

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