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Team, Men

Date13 – 18 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants48 from 16 countries
FormatEach team consisted of three players. In each team match, at most 5 matches were played, two singles, one double, and (if necessary) two more singles. Winners of each pool in round one advanced to the single elimination tournament, runners-up in each pool played off for a place in the bronze medal match.

The first Olympic men’s team event was won by China, to nobody’s amazement. In the final, China faced the Germans, but won all three matches to win 3-0. Korea won the bronze medal, defeating Austria in the bronze medal match, 3-1. Germany was led by Timo Boll, one of the few top European players in the 2000s. In the semi-final, they narrowly defeated Japan, 3-2, and Japan did not make it thru the repêchage round to contest the bronze medal.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1People's Republic of ChinaCHNGold
Wang HaoMa LinWang Liqin
2GermanyGERSilver
Timo BollDimitrij OvtcharovChristian Süß
3Republic of KoreaKORBronze
Oh Sang-EunYu Seung-MinYun Jae-Yeong
4AustriaAUT
Chen WeixingRobert GardosWerner Schlager
=5Hong Kong, ChinaHKG
Cheung YukKo Lai ChakLi Ching
=5JapanJPN
Yo KanSeiya KishikawaJun Mizutani
=7CroatiaCRO
Andrej GaćinaZoran PrimoracRuiwu Tan
=7Chinese TaipeiTPE
Chang Yen-ShuChiang Peng-LungChuang Chih-Yuan
=9AustraliaAUS
Kyle DavisWilliam HenzellDave Zalcberg
=9BrazilBRA
Hugo HoyamaThiago MonteiroGustavo Tsuboi
=9CanadaCAN
Pradeeban Peter-PaulQiang ShenWilson Zhang
=9GreeceGRE
Panagiotis GionisKallinikos KreangkaDaniel Tsiokas
=9NigeriaNGR
Monday MerotohunKazeem NosiruSegun Toriola
=9Russian FederationRUS
Fyodor KuzminDmitry MazunovAleksey Smirnov
=9SingaporeSGP
Cai Xiao LiGao NingYang Zi
=9SwedenSWE
Pär GerellJens LundqvistJörgen Persson

Round One (13 – 14 August 2008)

Group A (13 – 14 August 2008)

Winner of the pool advanced to the semi-finals, second-placed team advanced to repêchage round one.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesMWMLGames ForGAPoints
1People's Republic of ChinaCHN30902756
2AustriaAUT216320115
3GreeceGRE123612184
4AustraliaAUS03092273

Match #1 CHN 3 – 0GRE
Match #2 AUT 3 – 0AUS
Match #3 CHN 3 – 0AUS
Match #4 AUT 3 – 0GRE
Match #5 CHN 3 – 0AUT
Match #6 GRE 3 – 0AUS

Group B (13 – 14 August 2008)

Winner of the pool advanced to the semi-finals, second-placed team advanced to repêchage round one.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesMWMLGames ForGAPoints
1GermanyGER309127146
2CroatiaCRO216424155
3SingaporeSGP125619234
4CanadaCAN03099273

Match #1 GER 3 – 0CRO
Match #2 SGP 3 – 0CAN
Match #3 GER 3 – 0CAN
Match #4 CRO 3 – 1SGP
Match #5 GER 3 – 1SGP
Match #6 CRO 3 – 0CAN

Group C (13 – 14 August 2008)

Winner of the pool advanced to the semi-finals, second-placed team advanced to repêchage round one.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesMWMLGames ForGAPoints
1Republic of KoreaKOR309228156
2Chinese TaipeiTPE217628235
3SwedenSWE125621214
4BrazilBRA032910283

Match #1 KOR 3 – 0SWE
Match #2 TPE 3 – 1BRA
Match #3 KOR 3 – 1BRA
Match #4 TPE 3 – 2SWE
Match #5 KOR 3 – 1TPE
Match #6 SWE 3 – 0BRA

Group D (13 – 14 August 2008)

Winner of the pool advanced to the semi-finals, second-placed team advanced to repêchage round one.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesMWMLGames ForGAPoints
1JapanJPN30902786
2Hong Kong, ChinaHKG216423215
3NigeriaNGR123817294
4Russian FederationRUS033920293

Match #1 HKG 3 – 1RUS
Match #2 JPN 3 – 0NGR
Match #3 HKG 3 – 0NGR
Match #4 JPN 3 – 0RUS
Match #5 JPN 3 – 0HKG
Match #6 NGR 3 – 2RUS

Semi-finals (16 August 2008)

Winner advanced to the final, loser advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 CHN 3 – 0KOR
Match #2 GER 3 – 2JPN

Repêchage Round One (15 August 2008)

Winner advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 HKG 3 – 0TPE
Match #2 AUT 3 – 1CRO

Repêchage Round Two (17 August 2008)

Winner advanced to bronze medal match.

Match #1 KOR 3 – 1HKG
Match #2 AUT 3 – 1JPN

Final Round (18 August 2008)

Match 1-2 CHN 3 – 0GER
Match 3-4 KOR 3 – 1AUT