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The table tennis events are divided between the individual and team ones. From July 28 to August 2, individual athletes go through the qualification rounds, towards the medal round on August 1 (for women) and August 2 (for men). After that, it is the team event qualification period, in which the medal round takes place on August 7 (for women) and August 8 (for men).

Link: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/schedule-and-results/day=28-july/all-day.html

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Paralympian Natalia Partyka wins Olympic table tennis opener

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Paralympic table tennis champion Natalia Partyka reached the last 32 of the Olympic women's singles event after a thrilling late-night victory.

The 23-year-old from Poland, who was born without a right hand and forearm, beat Denmark's Mie Skov 4-3.

Partyka is one of only two athletes, along with South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, who will compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics this year.

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Well, the first Olympic medals in this sport will be handed out. For August 1, it is the women's singles event.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/schedule-and-results/day=1-august/all-day.html

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Note: China will win the gold and silver medals here. Singapore and Japan will play for the bronze medal.

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Final medal results for the women's singles event for August 1.

- GOLD: LI Xiaoxia (China)

- SILVER: DING Ning (China)

- BRONZE: FENG Tianwei (Singapore)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/event/women-singles/match=ttw001101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/event/women-singles/match=ttw001102/index.html

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August 2 sees that Olympic medals are handed out in the men's singles event. In the 2 semifinals, 2 Chinese, 1 Chinese Taipei, and 1 German players will play out thier matches for these medals.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/schedule-and-results/day=2-august/all-day.html

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Final medal results for the men's single event on August 2:

- GOLD: ZHANG Jike (China)

- SILVER: WANG Ho (China)

- BRONZE: Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/event/men-singles/match=ttm001101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/event/men-singles/match=ttm001102/index.html

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I just saw the men's final tonight, and there was one point where the player thought the ball grazed the table, but the other player didn't. Apparently they use the honor system for table tennis, because it seemed like the referee was letting the players decide if it hit the table or not?

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Quarterfinals and semifinals highlight the August 5 schedule for the men's and women's team events.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/schedule-and-results/day=5-august/all-day.html

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August 7 sees that Olympic medals are handed out in the women's team event.

- Gold medal match -> China vs. Japan

- Bronze medal match -> South Korea vs. Singapore

Link: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/schedule-and-results/day=7-august/all-day.html

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Final medal results for the women's team event on August 7:

- GOLD: China

- SILVER: Japan

- BRONZE: Singapore

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/event/women-team/match=ttw400101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/event/women-team/match=ttw400102/index.html

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The final table tennis event for London 2012 occurs on August 8. It is for Olympic medals in the men's team event.

- Gold medal match -> China vs. South Korea

- Bronze medal match -> Germany vs. Hong Kong, China

Link: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/schedule-and-results/day=8-august/all-day.html

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China sweeps all 4 golds in Olympic table tennis

(AP) - China delivered one of its most pressure-packed gold medals of the London Olympics on Wednesday, completing the sweep of all four table tennis titles with a 3-0 victory over South Korea in the men's team final.

The sweep was expected, and anything less could have prompted shakeups in the government bureaucracy that oversees the sport. Table tennis is a source of national pride in China, with some jokingly calling it "China ball.''

China has won 24 of 28 gold medals since the sport entered the Olympic program in 1988. The Asians won two gold and two silvers in singles at the London Games. They could have won more, but nations this time were limited to two singles players instead of three.

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Adham Sharara, the president of the International Table Tennis Federation, has encouraged China to share its expertise, afraid the world will grow bored of dominance by one country. He said they have been cooperating.

"It will change in the next four or five years,'' Sharara said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. "You will see other teams will win. Otherwise, of course, it's very disturbing to have the same - whether it's China or the U.S. - winning for too long.''

AP

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Final medal results for the men's team event on August 8:

- GOLD: China

- SILVER: South Korea

- BRONZE: Germany

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/event/men-team/match=ttm400101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/table-tennis/event/men-team/match=ttm400102/index.html

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That is it for table tennis at London 2012.

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Paralympian Natalia Partyka wins Olympic table tennis opener

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Paralympic table tennis champion Natalia Partyka reached the last 32 of the Olympic women's singles event after a thrilling late-night victory.

The 23-year-old from Poland, who was born without a right hand and forearm, beat Denmark's Mie Skov 4-3.

Partyka is one of only two athletes, along with South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, who will compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics this year.

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BBC

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Poland's Natalia Partyka -- one of only two Paralympians to compete at this year's Olympics -- won gold for the third consecutive Games in the women's singles Class 10 table tennis.

"It has been a really good year for me, now I'm thinking about Rio (de Janeiro in 2016). To win a medal at the Olympics is now my dream. I want to achieve the same at the Olympics as I did at the Paralympics," she said.

Partyka, who was born without a right hand and forearm, beat China's Yang Qian 3-2, just weeks after she and Pistorius competed at the Olympics.

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AFP

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