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The Greatest Table Tennis Player at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest Table Tennis Player of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female Table Tennis Player from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance, using data from all Olympics including the Tokyo 2020 Games.olympic poster

The best all-time performing table tennis Player at the Olympic Games is Ma Long from China with five gold medals from 2012 to 2020. The best performing male player is Zhang Yining also from China with four golds. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Athletes From Table Tennis

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of table tennis for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt).

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Table Tennis at the Olympic Games (including Tokyo 2020)

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
1 Ma Long China F 5 0 0 5 30
2 Wang Nan China F 4 1 0 5 26
3 Deng Yaping China F 4 0 0 4 24
  Zhang Yining China M 4 0 0 4 24
5 Zhang Jike China M 3 1 0 4 20
  Li Xiaoxia China F 3 1 0 4 20
  Ding Ning China F 3 1 0 4 20
8 Ma Lin China M 3 0 0 3 18

notes: initial data from Wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 3 gold medals, including results from 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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