Table Tennis at the Olympics
Table tennis has been part of the Summer Olympic Games since 1988. Participants compete in both men and women's singles and doubles events. In Olympic history, the table tennis medals have been dominated by athletes from China.
- At the first Olympic table tennis tournament in Seoul 1988, none of the top five seeded players made it to the semi-finals in the men's competition.
- 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 more on the Greatest Table Tennis Players at the Olympics.
- At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 11-year-old Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza became the youngest Olympian in more than 50 years. Not only is she is the youngest competitor in the Tokyo Games, she is the youngest table tennis participant of all time and the youngest overall Olympian since the 1968 Winter Olympics.
- The oldest ever table tennis player also competed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Ni Xialian is a female Chinese-born table tennis player who represents Luxembourg.
- Japan caused a major upset, ending China's overwhelming dominance in table tennis by winning Olympic gold in mixed doubles in Tokyo 2020.