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Singles, Men

Date6 – 11 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationRiocentro Pavilhão 3, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants70 from 46 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeds advanced to round three. Seeds 17-32 advanced to round two.

For the singles qualification, the world ranking list was used with a maximum of two players per nation. Players who did not participate in any of the qualification tournaments were eliminated from the list. The 22 best players qualified for Rio with 40 more places awarded to players from continental qualification tournaments. These included six players each from both Africa and Latin America, 11 each from Asia and Europe, and three each from both North America and Oceania. The remaining eight players received wild card entries, including players from the host nation.

In Rio, the 12 lowest ranked players on the world ranking took part in a preliminary round with six progressing to the first round and they were then joined by the players ranked 33-70 on the word list. In the second round the first round winners met players 17-32 in the world rankings, and It was not until the third round that the world’s 16 best ranked players joined the tournament and further elimination matches took place. These singles formats were the same as in London and possibly Beijing.

All matches were played to the best-of seven, with the first to win four sets taking the match. Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany and Bojan Tokič of Slovenia set a world record in their round of 16 match, when the first set went to 64 games, which Bojan Tokič won 33-31. Zhiwen He from Spain was the oldest player at the age of 54 and Kanak Jha of the USA was the youngest at 16. Ma Long easily won his first Olympic singles final against his Chinese team-mate [Zhang Jike] by four sets to one. The clear pre-tournament favourite, he lost only four sets in the entire competition, two in the last-32 and two in the semi-final. Sensationally Vladimir Samsonov from Belarus reached the semi-final after beating Ovtcharov in the quarter-final, but was finally placed an unfortunate fourth.

PosPlayerNOC
1Ma LongCHNGold
2Zhang JikeCHNSilver
3Jun MizutaniJPNBronze
4Uladzimir SamsonauBLR
=5Quadri ArunaNGR
=5Marcos FreitasPOR
=5Dimitrij OvtcharovGER
=5Koki NiwaJPN
=9Jeong Yeong-SikKOR
=9Timo BollGER
=9Kou LeiUKR
=9Hugo CalderanoBRA
=9Bojan TokičSLO
=9Paul DrinkhallGBR
=9Wong Chun TingHKG
=9Adrian CrișanROU
=17Jonathan GrothDEN
=17Liam PitchfordGBR
=17Aleksandr ShibayevRUS
=17Chuang Chih-YuanTPE
=17Ovidiu IonescuROU
=17Simon GauzyFRA
=17Tang PengHKG
=17Panagiotis GionisGRE
=17Ping LiQAT
=17Tiago ApolóniaPOR
=17Andrej GaćinaCRO
=17Kristian KarlssonSWE
=17Eugene WangCAN
=17Stefan FegerlAUT
=17Lee Sang-SuKOR
=17Chen Chien-AnTPE
=33Benedek OláhFIN
=33Zokhid KenyayevUZB
=33Jakub DyjasPOL
=33Jang WangSVK
=33Robert GardosAUT
=33Omar AssarEGY
=33Pär GerellSWE
=33Padasak TanviriyavechakulTHA
=33Ádám PattantyúsHUN
=33Zengyi WangPOL
=33Gao NingSGP
=33Jianan WangCGO
=33Ahmet LiTUR
=33Segun ToriolaNGR
=33Emmanuel LebessonFRA
=33Zhiwen HeESP
=49Feng ChenSGP
=49Lubomír JančaříkCZE
=49Marcelo AguirrePAR
=49Marcos MadridMEX
=49Nima AlamianIRI
=49Brian AfanadorPUR
=49Andy PereiraCUB
=49Soumyajit GhoshIND
=49Kirill GerasimenkoKAZ
=49Noshad AlamianIRI
=49Aleksandar KarakaševićSRB
=49Gustavo TsuboiBRA
=49Jorge CamposCUB
=49Dmitrij ProkopcovCZE
=49Sharath Kamal AchantaIND
=49Tom FengUSA
=65David PowellAUS
=65Yoshua ShingVAN
=65Kanak JhaUSA
=65Suraju SakaCGO
=65Chris YanAUS
=65Khalid AssarEGY

Preliminary Round (6 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to round one.

Match #1 Marcelo AguirrePAR 13-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-9David PowellAUS
Match #2 Marcos MadridMEX 11-8, 11-9, 11-4, 11-1Yoshua ShingVAN
Match #3 Nima AlamianIRI 11-3, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 12-10Kanak JhaUSA
Match #4 Brian AfanadorPUR 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-7Suraju SakaCGO
Match #5 Aleksandar KarakaševićSRB 11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-3Chris YanAUS
Match #6 Jianan WangCGO 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-4, 8-11, 11-3Khalid AssarEGY

Round One (6 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 Benedek OláhFIN 11-4, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6Feng ChenSGP
Match #2 Zokhid KenyayevUZB 8-11, 11-2, 13-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9Lubomír JančaříkCZE
Match #3 Jakub DyjasPOL 11-5, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7Marcelo AguirrePAR
Match #4 Jang WangSVK 11-8, 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6Marcos MadridMEX
Match #5 Ovidiu IonescuROU 11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4Nima AlamianIRI
Match #6 Omar AssarEGY 7-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4Brian AfanadorPUR
Match #7 Hugo CalderanoBRA 11-6, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4Andy PereiraCUB
Match #8 Padasak TanviriyavechakulTHA 11-8, 11-6, 12-14, 11-6, 13-11Soumyajit GhoshIND
Match #9 Ádám PattantyúsHUN 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9Kirill GerasimenkoKAZ
Match #10 Bojan TokičSLO 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9Noshad AlamianIRI
Match #11 Paul DrinkhallGBR 10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5Aleksandar KarakaševićSRB
Match #12 Jianan WangCGO 11-7, 11-9, 11-4, 13-11Gustavo TsuboiBRA
Match #13 Eugene WangCAN 6-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6Jorge CamposCUB
Match #14 Segun ToriolaNGR 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8Dmitrij ProkopcovCZE
Match #15 Adrian CrișanROU 11-8, 14-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8Sharath Kamal AchantaIND
Match #16 Zhiwen HeESP 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4Tom FengUSA

Round Two (7 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to round three.

Match #1 Jonathan GrothDEN 2211-8, 11-5, 12-10, 11-3Benedek OláhFIN
Match #2 Liam PitchfordGBR 3111-3, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4Zokhid KenyayevUZB
Match #3 Aleksandr ShibayevRUS 1811-9, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9Jakub DyjasPOL
Match #4 Quadri ArunaNGR 2711-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6Jang WangSVK
Match #5 Ovidiu IonescuROU 11-9, 5-11, 12-10, 16-14, 11-7Robert GardosAUT 31
Match #6 Kou LeiUKR 2811-5, 9-11, 13-11, 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8Omar AssarEGY
Match #7 Hugo CalderanoBRA 13-11, 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 13-11Pär GerellSWE 24
Match #8 Panagiotis GionisGRE 1911-7, 11-2, 11-5, 11-6Padasak TanviriyavechakulTHA
Match #9 Ping LiQAT 2113-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-3Ádám PattantyúsHUN
Match #10 Bojan TokičSLO 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3Zengyi WangPOL 30
Match #11 Paul DrinkhallGBR 11-7, 11-6, 3-11, 11-3, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8Gao NingSGP 26
Match #12 Kristian KarlssonSWE 2011-6, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6Jianan WangCGO
Match #13 Eugene WangCAN 11-7, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4Ahmet LiTUR 29
Match #14 Koki NiwaJPN 179-11, 11-5, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-1Segun ToriolaNGR
Match #15 Adrian CrișanROU 11-4, 4-11, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10Emmanuel LebessonFRA 23
Match #16 Chen Chien-AnTPE 2511-3, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9Zhiwen HeESP

Round Three (7 – 8 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to round four.

Match #1 Ma LongCHN 111-3, 11-2, 11-3, 11-9Jonathan GrothDEN 22
Match #2 Jeong Yeong-SikKOR 96-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-5, 11-5Liam PitchfordGBR 31
Match #3 Timo BollGER 1012-14, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6Aleksandr ShibayevRUS 18
Match #4 Quadri ArunaNGR 2711-6, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7Chuang Chih-YuanTPE 5
Match #5 Marcos FreitasPOR 811-9, 1-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9Ovidiu IonescuROU
Match #6 Kou LeiUKR 2811-6, 6-11, 16-14, 11-9, 11-6Simon GauzyFRA 13
Match #7 Hugo CalderanoBRA 8-11, 14-12, 11-7, 4-11, 12-10, 11-7Tang PengHKG 11
Match #8 Jun MizutaniJPN 411-9, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6Panagiotis GionisGRE 19
Match #9 Dimitrij OvtcharovGER 38-11, 11-4, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9Ping LiQAT 21
Match #10 Bojan TokičSLO 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8Tiago ApolóniaPOR 14
Match #11 Paul DrinkhallGBR 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8Andrej GaćinaCRO 15
Match #12 Uladzimir SamsonauBLR 79-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8Kristian KarlssonSWE 20
Match #13 Wong Chun TingHKG 611-9, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9Eugene WangCAN
Match #14 Koki NiwaJPN 1711-7, 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 11-5Stefan FegerlAUT 16
Match #15 Adrian CrișanROU 9-11, 13-11, 5-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 13-11Lee Sang-SuKOR 12
Match #16 Zhang JikeCHN 211-5, 13-11, 12-10, 11-7Chen Chien-AnTPE 25

Round Four (8 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Match #1 Ma LongCHN 16-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-1, 13-11, 13-11Jeong Yeong-SikKOR 9
Match #2 Quadri ArunaNGR 2712-10, 12-10, 11-5, 3-11, 5-11, 11-9Timo BollGER 10
Match #3 Marcos FreitasPOR 811-8, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7Kou LeiUKR 28
Match #4 Jun MizutaniJPN 411-5, 11-6, 11-13, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10Hugo CalderanoBRA
Match #5 Dimitrij OvtcharovGER 331-33, 12-10, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7Bojan TokičSLO
Match #6 Uladzimir SamsonauBLR 711-9, 11-6, 11-8, 15-17, 7-11, 11-8Paul DrinkhallGBR
Match #7 Koki NiwaJPN 176-11, 11-6, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-8Wong Chun TingHKG 6
Match #8 Zhang JikeCHN 211-8, 11-9, 14-12, 11-5Adrian CrișanROU

Quarter-Finals (9 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 Ma LongCHN 111-4, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7Quadri ArunaNGR 27
Match #2 Jun MizutaniJPN 411-4, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 10-12, 11-2Marcos FreitasPOR 8
Match #3 Uladzimir SamsonauBLR 78-11, 11-7, 19-17, 4-11, 11-2, 14-12Dimitrij OvtcharovGER 3
Match #4 Zhang JikeCHN 25-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4Koki NiwaJPN 17

Semi-Finals (11 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to final.

Match #1 Ma LongCHN 111-5, 11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 10-12, 11-5Jun MizutaniJPN 4
Match #2 Zhang JikeCHN 211-9, 13-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-9Uladzimir SamsonauBLR 7

Final Round (11 August 2016)

Match 1/2 Ma LongCHN 114-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4Zhang JikeCHN 2
Match 3/4 Jun MizutaniJPN 411-4, 11-9, 6-11, 14-12, 11-8Uladzimir SamsonauBLR 7