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Olympic Games 2008
Women - Who Qualified?

Which women qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games?
Were all the best players there? Find out here...

Table Tennis Olympics Venue

The Olympic Games were held in Beijing in the People's Republic of China from 8 to 24 August 2008 and we saw some fabulous table tennis.

Although the opening ceremony took place on 8 August 2008, the table tennis didn't actually start until Wednesday 13 August 2008.

A fabulous new state-of-the-art venue had been built at Peking University specifically for this event - so the players had the best possible conditions in which to play.

It had seating for 8,000 spectators - with 6,000 seats being permanent and 2,000 temporary.


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Were all the best players there?

Unfortunately, because each National Olympic Committee (NOC) could only have a maximum of three men and three women competing, some of the stronger nations like China had several players who, despite being in the top 20 of the World Ranking list, were not at the Olympics.

However, this meant that the rivalry between the various nationalities was more intense, and provided us with some excellent matches.


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How did players qualify?

There was a complicated system of qualification for the Olympic table tennis event, but without getting too bogged down with the full details, here's a brief summary...

Singles Events

For each of the singles events, 64 table tennis players qualified for the Olympic Games as follows:

  • The top 20 players on the ITTF World Ranking list as at 3 January 2008 (with a maximum of two players per NOC)

  • 40 players who qualified via continental qualification events held between July 2007 and April 2008 (Africa 6, Asia 11, Europe 11, Latin America 6, North America 3 and Oceania 3)

  • One player by invitation of the IOC/ANOC/ITTF

  • The top three players at the Final World Qualification Tournament who had not already qualified.

The number of qualification places for the Singles events from the Final World Qualification Tournament could be increased if...

  • the continental allocation of 40 players is not reached
  • the host nation direct entry place is not used and/or
  • the Team Quota of 22 places is not fully utilised

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Players who qualified for the Olympics 2008

Player (Women) NOC
 

Directly qualified by World Ranking (20)

 

1 GUO Yue CHN
2 ZHANG Yining CHN
3 WANG Yue Gu SIN
4 LI Jia Wei SIN
5 FUKUHARA Ai JPN
6 KIM Kyung Ah KOR
7 WU Jiaduo GER
8 HIRANO Sayaka JPN
9 LIU Jia AUT
10 LI Jiao NED
11 GAO Jun USA
12 PARK Mi Young KOR
13 BOROS Tamara CRO
14 LI Qian POL
15 WANG Chen USA
16 TOTH Krisztina HUN
17 LAU Sui Fei HKG
18 DODEAN Daniela ROU
19 SCHALL (WOSIK) Elke GER
20 NI Xia Lian LUX
 

African Qualification Tournament (6)

 

1 YANG Fen CGO
2 KAFFO Bose NGR
3 OFFIONG Cecilia Otu NGR
4 ABDUL-AZIZ Shaimaa EGY
5 YOSSRY Noha EGY
6 FOMUM Victorine Agum CMR
 

Latin America Qualification Tournament (6)

 

1 WU Xue DOM
2 RAMOS Fabiola VEN
3 NONAKA Mariany BRA
4 QIAN Lian DOM
5 MEDINA Paula COL
6 SILVA Yadira MEX
 

Asia Qualification Tournament (11)

 

1 SHUMAKOVA Marina KAZ
2 FENG Tianwei SIN
3 SHABAN Zeina OR
4 DANG Ye Seo KOR
5 KOMWONG Nanthana THA
6 WANG Nan CHN
7 FUKUOKA Haruna JPN
8 KIM Jong PRK
9 KIM Mi Yong PRK
10 AGGARWAL Neha IND
11 HUANG I-Hwa TPE
 

Europe Qualification Tournament (11)

 

1 LIE Jie NED
2 PAVLOVICH Victoria BLR
3 SAMARA Elizabeta ROU
4 HU Melek TUR
5 XIAN Yi Fang FRA
6 GANINA Svetlana RUS
7 PAOVIC Sandra CRO
8 XU Jie POL
9 LI Qiangbing AUT
10 ZHU Fang ESP
11 TAN MONFARDINI Wenling ITA
 

North America Qualification Tournament (3)

 

1 HUANG Crystal Yao Xi USA
2 ZHANG Mo CAN
3 LONG Judy (Zhu) CAN
 

Oceania Qualification Tournament (3)

 

1 LAY Jian Fang AUS
2 SANG Stephanie Xu AUS
3 MIAO Miao AUS
 

Invitation (1)

 

1 TOMMY Priscila VAN
 

Final Qualification Tournament (3)

 

1 TIE Yana HKG
2 LIN Ling HKG
3 SHEN Yanfei ESP
 

Additional Singles Qualifiers

 

1 POTA Georgina HUN
2 KOTIKHINA Irina RUS
3 PAN Li-Chun TPE
4 KOSTROMINA Tatyana BLR
5 STEFANOVA Nikoleta ITA
6 PESOTSKA Margaryta UKR
7 BAKULA Andrea CRO
8 FADEEVA Oksana RUS
9 LOVAS Petra HUN
10 PAVLOVICH Veronika BLR
11 ODOROVA Eva SVK
12 HADACOVA Dana CZE
13 PASKAUSKIENE Ruta LTU
14 SOROCHINSKAYA Tetyana UKR

 

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