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The Best Table Tennis Players Of All-Time  

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The best ping pong players of all-time have taken the game many people play in their garage and turned it into art. They are Olympic gold medalists, world champions, and Hall of Famers. The top table tennis players ever come from all over the world, representing countries as diverse as China, Sweden, and Hungary.

Modern players such as Ma Long and Li Xiaoxia have helped establish China's table tennis dominance on the world stage, with many of the best players in ping pong hailing from China over the years. But it was not always that way, with Hungarian players like Viktor Barna and Zoltan Mechlovits ruling the table tennis world in the 1930s and 1940s.

Sweden's Jan-Ove Waldner could have claim to the greatest ping pong player of all time title, with his six world championship gold medals and multiple Olympic medals. But women's players like China's Deng Yaping and Denmark's Angelica Rozeanu cannot be left out of the discussion.

So who deserves to be called the best ping pong player ever? Who shouldn't be near the top of the list? Is there anyone missing who should be named here? Vote below and check back to see how the rankings shake out. Then head over and ponder some of the top pool players and top darts players of all-time.

Ma Long is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Table Tennis Players Of All-Time
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ITTF Hall of Famer

3x Olympic gold medalist
12x world champion
8x World Cup winner

Nationality: China

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Jan-Ove Waldner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Table Tennis Players Of All-Time
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ITTF Hall of Famer

1992 Olympic gold medalist
2000 Olympic silver medalist
6x world champion
2x World Cup winner

Nationality: Sweden

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#1 of 15 on The Best Olympic Athletes in Table Tennis #2 of 205 on The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden

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Zhang Jike is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Table Tennis Players Of All-Time
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3x Olympic gold medalist
2016 Olympic silver medalist
7x world champion
6x World Cup winner

Nationality: China

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Wang Liqin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Table Tennis Players Of All-Time
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ITTF Hall of Famer

2x Olympic gold medalist
11x world champion
3x World Cup winner

Nationality: China

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