| Event type

Team, Men

Date3 – 8 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London (North Arena 1)
Participants48 from 16 countries

Boasting Zhang Jike, Ma Long, and Wang Hao, ranked first, second, and fourth in the world respectively, the Chinese men’s table tennis team was expected to repeat their Olympic success from 2008, when the team category had replaced doubles at the Games. Zhang and Wang had already won the gold and silver medals from the singles event and Wang, the only Olympic veteran on the team, was back to defend the gold medal earned in Beijing. Seeded second and third were South Korea and Japan, but each team had only one member ranked within the top ten, leading most observers to expect an easy Chinese victory.

As with the women’s event, no team defeated a higher-ranked team in the first round, which left the quarterfinals consisting of the top eight seeded squads. The biggest upset came when sixth-ranked Hong Kong earned a hard-won victory against third-ranked Japan by winning three matches to two. They were then toppled by South Korea in the semi-finals, leaving them to battle for bronze with Germany, who was outmanoeuvered by China. South Korea fought valiantly against the Chinese team in the finals, but the skill of the tournament favorites was unmatchable and the Chinese retained the Olympic title with relative ease. In the bronze medal match, Germany was able to respond to Hong Kong’s challenge with a 3-1 victory, earning them the final podium spot. Thus, although Germany and South Korea changed spots, the same three nations from 2008 remained on top in London and, for the second time in a row and fourth overall, China swept the Olympic table tennis gold medals.

1People's Republic of ChinaCHNGold
Ma LongZhang JikeWang Hao
2Republic of KoreaKORSilver
Yu Seung-MinJu Se-HyeokOh Sang-Eun
Timo BollDimitrij OvtcharovBastian Steger
4Hong Kong, ChinaHKG
Leung Chu YanTang PengJiang Tianyi
Gao NingZhan JianYang Zi
Robert GardosWerner SchlagerChen Weixing
Jun MizutaniSeiya KishikawaKoki Niwa
Tiago ApolóniaMarcos FreitasJoão Pedro Monteiro
=9Russian FederationRUS
Kirill SkachkovAleksandr ShibayevAleksey Smirnov
Justin HanWilliam HenzellRobert Frank
El-Sayed LashinAhmed Ali SalehOmar Assar
Jörgen PerssonPär GerellJens Lundqvist
Andre HoEugene WangPierre-Luc Hinse
Hugo HoyamaThiago MonteiroGustavo Tsuboi
=9Great BritainGBR
Paul DrinkhallLiam PitchfordAndrew Baggaley
=9Democratic People's Republic of KoreaPRK
Kim Hyok-BongJang Song-ManKim Song-Nam

Round One (3 August 2012)

Match #1 CHN 3 – 1RUS
Match #2 SGP 3 – 0AUS
Match #3 AUT 3 – 0EGY
Match #4 GER 3 – 1SWE
Match #5 JPN 3 – 0CAN
Match #6 HKG 3 – 0BRA
Match #7 POR 3 – 0GBR
Match #8 KOR 3 – 1PRK

Quarter-finals (5 August 2012)

Match #1 CHN 3 – 0SGP
Match #2 GER 3 – 0AUT
Match #3 HKG 3 – 2JPN
Match #4 KOR 3 – 2POR

Semi-finals (6 August 2012)

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

Final Round (8 August 2012)

Match 1/2 CHN 3 – 0KOR
Match 3/4 GER 3 – 1HKG