| Event type

Team, Men

Date1 – 6 August 2021
LocationTōkyō Taiikukan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Participants48 from 16 countries

For the men’s team event, 16 teams qualified, in what was the last table tennis event to be decided in Tokyo. In addition to hosts Japan, six teams qualified as winners of continental tournaments. The remaining nine teams were determined from a qualification tournament played in Portugal in January 2020. Five of the 16 qualified teams came from East Asia, seven from Europe, and the remaining four represented the rest of the world. Only Brazil, other than teams from Asia and Europe survived the first round. Like in Rio, the team rounds were played in the so-called “Beijing System” of one doubles, two singles, and up to two more singles matches if required, as the first team to win three matches won the contest. All matches were played to the best-of-five games.

In the four rounds, the heavy favourites China did not lose a single match, winning 36 games and losing just seven in taking the gold medal. With Fan Zhendong, Ma Long, and Xu Xin the country called up the top three players in the world. Germany, the eventual silver medallists, had to survive two narrow 3-2 encounters in the quarter- and semi-finals against Chinese Taipei and Japan, respectively. With Timo Boll and Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the Germans included two veterans and former world No. 1 players who had won a medal at every Olympics since 2008. The other member of their Tokyo trio, Patrick Franziska, won his first Olympic medal. The bronze medal was won by Japan, who beat South Korea 3-1. The first four teams in Tokyo are the only countries to have won a medal in the men’s team event since it was launched at Beijing in 2008.

1People's Republic of ChinaCHNGold
Fan ZhendongMa LongXu Xin
Timo BollPatrick FranziskaDimitrij Ovtcharov
Tomokazu HarimotoJun MizutaniKoki Niwa
4Republic of KoreaKOR
Lee Sang-SuJeong Yeong-SikJang Wu-Jin
Vitor IshiyGustavo TsuboiHugo Calderano
Alexandre CassinEmmanuel LebessonSimon Gauzy
Kristian KarlssonAnton KällbergMattias Falck
=5Chinese TaipeiTPE
Chuang Chih-YuanChen Chien-AnLin Yun-Ju
Heming HuChris YanDavid Powell
Frane KojićAndrej GaćinaTomislav Pucar
Ahmed Ali SalehKhalid AssarOmar Assar
=9Hong Kong, ChinaHKG
Lam Siu HangHo Kwan KitWong Chun Ting
João Pedro MonteiroTiago ApolóniaMarcos Freitas
Deni KožulBojan TokičDarko Jorgić
Žolt PetoMarko JevtovićDimitrije Levajac
=9United StatesUSA
Nikhil KumarZhou XinKanak Jha

Round One

Date1 – 2 August 2021 — 10:00
Match #101 Aug 19:30Table 1People's Republic of ChinaCHN3 – 0EgyptEGY
Match #201 Aug 14:30Table 4FranceFRA3 – 0Hong Kong, ChinaHKG
Match #301 Aug 14:30Table 2BrazilBRA3 – 2SerbiaSRB
Match #401 Aug 10:00Table 1Republic of KoreaKOR3 – 1SloveniaSLO
Match #502 Aug 10:00Table 2JapanJPN3 – 0AustraliaAUS
Match #602 Aug 10:00Table 1SwedenSWE3 – 1United StatesUSA
Match #701 Aug 10:00Table 4Chinese TaipeiTPE3 – 0CroatiaCRO
Match #801 Aug 19:30Table 4GermanyGER3 – 0PortugalPOR


Date2 – 3 August 2021
Match #102 Aug 19:30Table 1People's Republic of ChinaCHN3 – 0FranceFRA
Match #202 Aug 14:30Table 2Republic of KoreaKOR3 – 0BrazilBRA
Match #303 Aug 10:00Table 1JapanJPN3 – 1SwedenSWE
Match #403 Aug 14:30Table 2GermanyGER3 – 2Chinese TaipeiTPE


Date4 August 2021 — 14:30
Match #104 Aug 14:30Table 1People's Republic of ChinaCHN3 – 0Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #204 Aug 19:30Table 1GermanyGER3 – 2JapanJPN

Final Round

Date6 August 2021 — 11:00
Match 1/206 Aug 19:30Table 1People's Republic of ChinaCHN3 – 0GermanyGER
Match 3/406 Aug 11:00Table 1JapanJPN3 – 1Republic of KoreaKOR