Table tennis
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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VenueRiocentro – Pavilion 3
Dates6–17 August 2016
No. of events4
Competitors172 from 56 nations
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Riocentro as the venue
Riocentro as the venue

Table tennis at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 6 to 17 August 2016 at the third pavilion of Riocentro. Around 172 table tennis players (equally distributed between men and women) competed in both the singles and team events.[1][2] Table tennis had appeared at the Summer Olympics on seven previous occasions beginning with the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. In addition to men's and women's singles, the team events were staged for the third time since replacing doubles events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.


Main article: Table tennis at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Qualification

As the host nation, Brazil had automatically qualified six athletes; a team of three men and women with one each competing in the singles.[3]

The top 22 male and top 22 female players on the International Table Tennis Federation's Olympic ranking list as of January 1, 2016 were qualified for the singles event at the Games. No nation could have more than two players per gender in the singles at these Games, so some players below the twenty-eighth position were given a qualifying place based on ranking.[3]

Forty places were awarded to the table tennis players with a maximum of two per NOC and gender through the following continental qualification tournaments between July 1, 2015 and April 24, 2016: six each from Africa and Latin America, eleven each from Asia and Europe, and three each from North America and Oceania. One invitational place per gender was allocated by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).[3]

For the team events, the highest-ranked NOC from each continent that already contained two qualified players for the singles added a quota place to form a team of three players and thereby secured a direct qualifying place for the Games based on the ITTF Olympic Team Ranking list. The remaining ten teams were allotted to the nine highest-ranked NOCs in any continent and to the host nation Brazil (if not qualified by any means) that have two players qualified for the singles. If less than nine nations, the next best teams with a single player would have secured a place for the Olympics.[3][2]

Competition schedule

P Preliminary round ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
Event↓/Date → Sat 6 Sun 7 Mon 8 Tue 9 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17
Men's singles P ¼ ½ F
Men's team P ¼ ½ F
Women's singles P ¼ ½ F
Women's team P ¼ ½ F


Participating nations

A total of 172 athletes (86 men and 86 women), representing 56 NOCs, competed in four events.[4]


Main article: List of table tennis players at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Medal summary

Medal table

1 China4206
2 Japan0123
3 Germany0112
4 North Korea0011
Totals (4 nations)44412


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
Ma Long
Zhang Jike
Jun Mizutani
Men's team
 China (CHN)
Zhang Jike
Ma Long
Xu Xin
 Japan (JPN)
Koki Niwa
Jun Mizutani
Maharu Yoshimura
 Germany (GER)
Timo Boll
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Bastian Steger
Women's singles
Ding Ning
Li Xiaoxia
Kim Song-i
 North Korea
Women's team
 China (CHN)
Liu Shiwen
Ding Ning
Li Xiaoxia
 Germany (GER)
Han Ying
Petrissa Solja
Shan Xiaona
 Japan (JPN)
Ai Fukuhara
Kasumi Ishikawa
Mima Ito

See also


  1. ^ "The Olympic Games: Table Tennis". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The Road to Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 Olympic Games, Starts in Baku". ITTF. 25 March 2014. Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rio 2016 – ITTF Table Tennis Qualification System" (PDF). ITTF. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Athlete count for Table Tennis". Olympedia. Retrieved 30 October 2021.