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The Best Olympic Athletes in Table Tennis

Updated December 6, 2019 550 votes 125 voters 4.1k views

List of the best table tennis Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous table tennis event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic table tennis Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. Only the greatest table tennis Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best table tennis athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with.

List features athletes like Jan-Ove Waldner and Ma Lin.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Olympic table tennis athletes?" and "Who is the best table tennis competitor of all time?"
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    Age: 40
    90
    19

    Olympic CountryChina

    Date Of Birth1980-02-19

    Place Of BirthShenyang,Liaoning,China

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalityChina

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionTable Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Table Tennis, Singles

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Ma Lin (simplified Chinese: 马琳; traditional Chinese: 馬琳; pinyin: Mǎ Lín; born February 19, 1980 in Shenyang, Liaoning, China) is a retired Chinese table tennis player. He learned to play table...  more
  • 2
    56
    22

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1965-10-03

    Place Of BirthStockholm,Sweden,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionTable Tennis at the 2000 Summer Olympics Men's Singles,Table Tennis at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Table Tennis, Singles

    Olympic Medalist Games2000 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2000 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,1988 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

    Jan-Ove Waldner (born 3 October 1965) is a Swedish former table tennis player. He is often referred to as "the Mozart of table tennis," and is widely regarded as one of the greatest table tennis...  more

    #261 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#2 of 41 The Best Table Tennis Players Of All Time#3 of 205 The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden

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    40
    9

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1982-06-23

    Place Of BirthHalland,Sweden,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Pär Håkan Gerell (born 23 June 1982 in Växjö) is a Swedish table tennis player. He has been playing for French club Chartres ASTT since 2010. Based on his June 2011 world ranking, Gerell qualified...  more
  • 4
    Age: 31
    31
    14

    Olympic CountryCanada

    Date Of Birth1989-01-17

    Place Of BirthShijiazhuang, China

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalityCanada

    Weight52

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Zhang Mo is the name of: Zhang Mo (actor) (born 1982), Chinese actor Zhang Mo (director) (born 1983), Chinese filmmaker Zhang Mo (table tennis) (born 1989), Chinese-born Canadian table tennis player...  more
  • 5
    24
    7

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1975-08-02

    Place Of BirthHälsingland,Sweden,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Jens Mikael Lundqvist (born August 29, 1979, in Gävle) is a Swedish table tennis player who competed in the men's singles and men's team event at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the men's team event...  more
  • 6
    28
    16

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1966-04-22

    Place Of BirthHalmstad,Sweden,Halland County,Halland,Halmstad Municipality

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Jörgen Persson (born 22 April 1966, in Halmstad, Sweden) is a Swedish table tennis player. In two memorable World Table Tennis Championships finals he faced fellow Swede Jan-Ove Waldner in 1989 and...  more
  • 7
    Age: 30
    23
    10

    Olympic CountryCanada

    Date Of Birth1990-05-11

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalityCanada

    Weight60.0

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Shen Qiang is a Canadian table tennis player of Chinese origin. As of August 2010, Shen is ranked no. 366 in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation. He is also right-handed, and uses...  more
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    17
    6

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

  • 9
    16
    6

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Crystal Huang is an American table tennis player of Chinese origin. As of October 2010, Hunag is ranked no. 196 in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation. She is also left-handed, and...  more
  • 10
    Age: 51
    18
    9

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1969-01-25

    Place Of BirthGaithersburg,United States of America,Maryland,Montgomery County

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Gao Jun (Chinese: 高军; pinyin: Gāo jūn; born January 25, 1969) is a Chinese American table tennis player....  more
  • 11
    Age: 41
    19
    11

    Olympic CountryCanada

    Date Of Birth1979-09-23

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalityCanada

    Weight65.0

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

  • 12
    Age: 46
    12
    6

    Date Of Birth1974-01-17

    Place Of BirthShanghai,China,Earth,Asia

    Wang Chen (Chinese: 王晨; pinyin: Wáng Chén; born 14 January 1971) is a table tennis player from the United States of America. Born in Shanghai, China, she moved to the United States in 2000 and...  more
  • 13
    9
    8

    Olympic CountryCanada

    Date Of Birth1969-01-15

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalityCanada

    Weight54.0

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

  • 14

    Olympic CountryCanada

    Date Of Birth1977-05-17

    Place Of BirthColombo,Sri Lanka,Colombo District,Earth,Asia

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalityCanada

    Weight70.0

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Pradeeban Peter-Paul (born May 17, 1977) is a Tamil Canadian table tennis player. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Pradeeban Peter-Paul emigrated with his family to Germany at the age of 11. It was in...  more
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    4
    9

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1963-09-01

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    David Zhuang (Chinese: 莊永祥, Pinyin: Zhuāng Yǒngxiáng, born September 1, 1963) is a professional Chinese-born American table tennis player. Zhuang began playing table tennis competitively at age 11,...  more