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Singles, Men

Date28 July – 2 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationExCeL, Newham, London (North Arena 1)
Participants69 from 45 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeds advanced to round three. Seeds 17-32 advanced to round two.

China had not been quite as dominant in the men’s table tennis singles event at the Olympics as they had in the women’s: although they too had swept the podium in 2008, they had failed to reach the final at the inaugural 1988 tournament, which was won by South Korea, and lost the crown to South Korea once more in 2004. Still, the nation had the top two seeds and its history of gold medal success in Olympic table tennis left them as the favorites for the top two spots. Zhang Jike, the reigning World Champion in both the singles and team events, was ranked number one while Wang Hao, the runner-up at the most recent World Championships and a two-time Olympic veteran with medals in the singles (silver in 2004 and 2008) and team (gold in 2008) events, was ranked number two. Wang was defeated in 2008’s all-China final by Ma Lin, but Ma had slipped in the rankings and a new rule from the International Table Tennis Federation, intended to curtail the nation’s dominance in the event, allowed for only two entrants per country in the tournament. This left Jun Mizutani of Japan, an Olympic veteran who had never won a major international singles medal, as the number three seed.

Both Zhang and Wang survived to the semi-finals, but Zhang struggled more along the way. While Wang gave up only two sets of fourteen, Zhang surrendered twice that many and, in a fourth round match against Bulgaria’s ninth-seeded Vladimir Samsonov, was at one point behind two sets to three. Zhang and Wang’s opponents in the semi-finals, eighth-seeded Dmitrij Ovtcharov of Germany and fifth-seeded Chuan Chih-Yuan of Chinese Taipei respectively, each fell in five sets, leading to the expected Chinese final. Despite his relative lackluster performance throughout the tournament, Zhang defeated Wang soundly and efficiently in the final, four sets to one, leading to an outcome that had seemed pre-ordained soon after the first set. The bronze medal match was somewhat more engaging, with Ovtcharov taking the first set and Chuan the next two. Ovtcharov then rallied, capturing the last three in mostly hard-won battles and earning the final podium spot. Although he had silver medals from the team events at the 2008 Summer Games and the 2010 and 2012 World Championships, his bronze in London was his first major international medal in the singles category.

PosPlayerNOC
1Zhang JikeCHNGold
2Wang HaoCHNSilver
3Dimitrij OvtcharovGERBronze
4Chuang Chih-YuanTPE
=5Jiang TianyiHKG
=5Michael MazeDEN
=5Adrian CrișanROU
=5Seiya KishikawaJPN
=9Uladzimir SamsonauBLR
=9Kim Hyok-BongPRK
=9Weixing ChenAUT
=9Jun MizutaniJPN
=9Timo BollGER
=9Andrej GaćinaCRO
=9O Sang-EunKOR
=9Gao NingSGP
=17Bora VangTUR
=17William HenzellAUS
=17Aleksey SmirnovRUS
=17Ju Se-HyeokKOR
=17Paul DrinkhallGBR
=17Adrien MattenetFRA
=17Kallinikos KreangkaGRE
=17El-Sayed LashinEGY
=17Noshad AlamianIRI
=17Zhiwen HeESP
=17Aleksandr ShibayevRUS
=17Dániel ZwicklHUN
=17Marcos FreitasPOR
=17Panagiotis GionisGRE
=17Bojan TokičSLO
=17Werner SchlagerAUT
=33Quadri ArunaNGR
=33João MonteiroPOR
=33Matīss BurģisLAT
=33Soumyajit GhoshIND
=33Yang ZiSGP
=33Oleksandr DidukhUKR
=33Jean-Michel SaiveBEL
=33Zoran PrimoracCRO
=33Tang PengHKG
=33Zengyi WangPOL
=33Jörgen PerssonSWE
=33Aleksandar KarakaševićSRB
=33Luis LinDOM
=33Omar AssarEGY
=33Song LiuARG
=33Mihai BobocicaITA
=49Carlos MachadoESP
=49Ádám PattantyúsHUN
=49Pierre-Luc HinseCAN
=49Gustavo TsuboiBRA
=49Ibrahim Al-HasanKUW
=49Marcelo AguirrePAR
=49Marko JevtovićSRB
=49Pär GerellSWE
=49Justin HanAUS
=49Hugo HoyamaBRA
=49Segun ToriolaNGR
=49Allan BentsenDEN
=49Kim Song-NamPRK
=49Yaroslav ZhmudenkoUKR
=49Suraju SakaCGO
=49Andy PereiraCUB
=65Saheed IdowuCGO
=65Komi-Mawussi AgbetogloTOG
=65Andre HoCAN
=65Timothy WangUSA
=65Yoshua ShingVAN

Preliminary Round (28 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round one.

Match #1 Ibrahim Al-HasanKUW 11-3, 8-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-6Saheed IdowuCGO
Match #2 Justin HanAUS 9-11, 11-7, 11-1, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9Komi-Mawussi AgbetogloTOG
Match #3 Segun ToriolaNGR 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10Andre HoCAN
Match #4 Kim Song-NamPRK 11-5, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4Timothy WangUSA
Match #5 Andy PereiraCUB 11-2, 11-2, 11-3, 11-3Yoshua ShingVAN

Round One (28 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 Quadri ArunaNGR 6-11, 11-6, 3-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-6Carlos MachadoESP
Match #2 William HenzellAUS 13-11, 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9Ádám PattantyúsHUN
Match #3 Matīss BurģisLAT 14-12, 11-2, 7-11, 9-11, 13-11, 15-17, 11-8Pierre-Luc HinseCAN
Match #4 Soumyajit GhoshIND 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 12-10, 5-11, 12-10Gustavo TsuboiBRA
Match #5 Paul DrinkhallGBR 11-9, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4Ibrahim Al-HasanKUW
Match #6 Oleksandr DidukhUKR 11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9Marcelo AguirrePAR
Match #7 Jean-Michel SaiveBEL 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8Marko JevtovićSRB
Match #8 El-Sayed LashinEGY 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9Pär GerellSWE
Match #9 Noshad AlamianIRI 11-5, 11-7, 11-7, 13-11Justin HanAUS
Match #10 Zengyi WangPOL 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10Hugo HoyamaBRA
Match #11 Jörgen PerssonSWE 11-8, 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6Segun ToriolaNGR
Match #12 Dániel ZwicklHUN 11-9, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-8Allan BentsenDEN
Match #13 Luis LinDOM 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 6-11, 3-11, 13-11, 11-9Kim Song-NamPRK
Match #14 Omar AssarEGY 8-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-9, 14-12Yaroslav ZhmudenkoUKR
Match #15 Song LiuARG 11-3, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6Suraju SakaCGO
Match #16 Mihai BobocicaITA 11-6, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4Andy PereiraCUB

Round Two (29 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round three.

Match #1 Bora VangTUR 6-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-2, 12-10, 12-10Quadri ArunaNGR
Match #2 William HenzellAUS 2-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10João MonteiroPOR
Match #3 Aleksey SmirnovRUS 11-5, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9Matīss BurģisLAT
Match #4 Kim Hyok-BongPRK 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7Soumyajit GhoshIND
Match #5 Paul DrinkhallGBR 11-7, 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9Yang ZiSGP
Match #6 Weixing ChenAUT 11-7, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7Oleksandr DidukhUKR
Match #7 Kallinikos KreangkaGRE 5-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8Jean-Michel SaiveBEL
Match #8 El-Sayed LashinEGY 11-6, 8-11, 12-10, 5-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8Zoran PrimoracCRO
Match #9 Noshad AlamianIRI 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10Tang PengHKG
Match #10 Zhiwen HeESP 8-11, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5, 14-12Zengyi WangPOL
Match #11 Andrej GaćinaCRO 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4Jörgen PerssonSWE
Match #12 Dániel ZwicklHUN 12-10, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10Aleksandar KarakaševićSRB
Match #13 Marcos FreitasPOR 11-6, 11-5, 12-10, 11-3Luis LinDOM
Match #14 Panagiotis GionisGRE 11-5, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9Omar AssarEGY
Match #15 Bojan TokičSLO 11-0, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 3-11, 9-11, 11-8Song LiuARG
Match #16 Werner SchlagerAUT 10-12, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 14-12, 12-10Mihai BobocicaITA

Round Three (30 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round four.

Match #1 Zhang JikeCHN 111-8, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7Bora VangTUR
Match #2 Uladzimir SamsonauBLR 912-10, 8-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7William HenzellAUS
Match #3 Jiang TianyiHKG 1111-9, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 12-10Aleksey SmirnovRUS
Match #4 Kim Hyok-BongPRK 11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 15-13Ju Se-HyeokKOR 6
Match #5 Dimitrij OvtcharovGER 811-8, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4Paul DrinkhallGBR
Match #6 Weixing ChenAUT 11-3, 16-14, 11-6, 11-9Adrien MattenetFRA 14
Match #7 Michael MazeDEN 1312-10, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3Kallinikos KreangkaGRE
Match #8 Jun MizutaniJPN 311-4, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6El-Sayed LashinEGY
Match #9 Timo BollGER 411-8, 11-5, 12-10, 12-10Noshad AlamianIRI
Match #10 Adrian CrișanROU 155-11, 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9Zhiwen HeESP
Match #11 Andrej GaćinaCRO 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8Aleksandr ShibayevRUS 16
Match #12 Chuang Chih-YuanTPE 511-8, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9Dániel ZwicklHUN
Match #13 O Sang-EunKOR 711-8, 11-6, 11-2, 11-8Marcos FreitasPOR
Match #14 Seiya KishikawaJPN 1211-7, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10Panagiotis GionisGRE
Match #15 Gao NingSGP 1011-7, 11-7, 11-5, 14-12Bojan TokičSLO
Match #16 Wang HaoCHN 211-3, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9Werner SchlagerAUT

Round Four (30 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Match #1 Zhang JikeCHN 14-11, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7Uladzimir SamsonauBLR 9
Match #2 Jiang TianyiHKG 1114-12, 6-11, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 15-13Kim Hyok-BongPRK
Match #3 Dimitrij OvtcharovGER 811-8, 16-14, 11-8, 11-5Weixing ChenAUT
Match #4 Michael MazeDEN 1311-7, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6Jun MizutaniJPN 3
Match #5 Adrian CrișanROU 1511-9, 8-11, 15-13, 12-10, 11-6Timo BollGER 4
Match #6 Chuang Chih-YuanTPE 511-8, 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-5Andrej GaćinaCRO
Match #7 Seiya KishikawaJPN 1211-8, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8O Sang-EunKOR 7
Match #8 Wang HaoCHN 211-9, 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3Gao NingSGP 10

Quarter-finals (31 July – 1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 Zhang JikeCHN 111-4, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6Jiang TianyiHKG 11
Match #2 Dimitrij OvtcharovGER 811-8, 12-10, 1-11, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9Michael MazeDEN 13
Match #3 Chuang Chih-YuanTPE 511-3, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5Adrian CrișanROU 15
Match #4 Wang HaoCHN 211-4, 11-5, 11-3, 11-5Seiya KishikawaJPN 12

Semi-finals (2 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to final.

Match #1 Zhang JikeCHN 111-8, 11-3, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8Dimitrij OvtcharovGER 8
Match #2 Wang HaoCHN 211-13, 11-2, 12-10, 11-6, 11-9Chuang Chih-YuanTPE 5

Final Round (2 August 2012)

Match 1/2 Zhang JikeCHN 118-16, 11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 13-11Wang HaoCHN 2
Match 3/4 Dimitrij OvtcharovGER 812-10, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 14-12Chuang Chih-YuanTPE 5