from July 27 to August 12
The sport is played with paddles, disputed between two players or two pairs, originating in England around 1880 to “substitute” traditional tennis with less exhaustion. The motivation for the sport, no longer exists with the speed of the ball reaching 150 km/hr., demanding concentration and physical preparation by the athletes.
Since the beginning of the sport in Seoul 1988, China has established the hegemony in table tennis. The Asian giant won 20 of 24 gold medals available since then.
They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games
Stars that made history in the Olympic Games
He suffered the massive dominance of Asian athletes in the sport and never reached the podium. His sixth participation in the Games should be the last one.
Since Beijing she dropped in the world ranking, but never below the number 7. In London, expects to maintain a 100% success in Olympic disputes.
With a double gold medal in Athens and an individual and team medal in Beijing, Ma Lin contributed to the Chinese dominance in the event.
Four-time Olympic champion, she has one more silver medals than her teammates. After the Beijing 2008 Olympic games, she decided to retire.