21 January 2010
5 June 2008
Dates: Saturday 28 July – Wednesday 8 August
Medal events: 4
Athletes: 172 (86 men, 86 women)
Table Tennis has come a long way from its origins in the late 19th century, when it developed as an after-dinner game played by upper-class English families. More than a century later, Table Tennis is a breathtaking spectacle that blends power, speed, skill and subtlety – no wonder it’s the biggest participation sport in the world.
Table Tennis is based on the same basic principles as Tennis, but it has a very different scoring system. Singles matches are played over the best of seven games, with the first player to 11 points (by a margin of two clear points) winning each game. Team matches, meanwhile, consist of four singles matches and one doubles match, each played over the best of five games.
Both the Singles and Team events at London 2012 will be run in a knockout format. Players and teams will progress through the draw until the finals, which will decide the winners of the gold medals.
At London 2012, the Table Tennis competition will be held at ExCeL, a multi-purpose events venue that will also host a number of other Olympic and Paralympic sports.
Table Tennis is fast, fun and easy to learn. If you want to start playing, the chances are there is a club or league near you. Find out more from the English Table Tennis Association, the Irish Table Tennis Association, the Table Tennis Association of Wales, Table Tennis Scotland and the International Table Tennis Federation
ExCeL is an existing exhibition and conference centre in London's Docklands. Its five arenas will host a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports during the London 2012 Games.
Name: Deng Yaping
Date of birth: 5 February 1973
Country: Zhengzhou, China
Deng is unbeaten at Olympic Games and won each of the Women's titles twice, at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, before retiring at the age of 25. In her sport Deng won 18 times at World Title events.
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Name: Paul Drinkhall
Date of birth: 16 January 1990
Country: Loftus, Great Britain
Paul became Britain’s number one Table Tennis player at the age of just 16. In the same year, he also took reigning Olympic Champion Ryu Seung Min to seven games and three match points – something no player was able to do at the Athens 2004 Games. Paul makes frequent trips to China to train with the best in the world.
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