Most people can say they’ve played table tennis, also known as Ping-Pong, before. But how many can say they’ve earned a gold medal in table tennis? Earning a medal in table tennis is a goal that competitors from throughout the world had hoped to achieve going into this year’s Olympic Games in Athens. Athletes participated in four competitions – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles. South Korea’s Seung Min Ryu won the gold in the men’s singles competition, while China’s Zhang Yining took home the women’s singles gold. In doubles competition, China won both the men’s and the women’s medals. The team of Ma Lin and Chen Qi won the men’s gold, and Yining and Wang Nan took the women’s gold. For more information about table tennis, visit http://www.athens2004.com/en/TableTennis.
-The exact origin of table tennis is unknown. However, it appeared in England in 1890 as a sport reserved for aristocrats and slowly spread to the general public.
-Table tennis was first added to the Olympics in 1988.
-Table tennis is considered one of the most popular sports in the world in terms of participation. More than 187 National Federations are members of the International Table Tennis Federation.