Table Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Played all over the globe, table tennis was introduced to the Olympics from the year 1988. In a table tennis player’s career, the Olympics is probably the most prestigious tournament.
Some true legends of the sport have immortalised their name in TT folklore by winning a gold medal in the biggest sporting event of the world. As expected, China have dominated the list and they are favourites this time around as well to claim gold in both singles and doubles at Rio 2016.
Let us take a look at the men’s singles winners from the 1988 Olympics to 2012:
1988 Seoul Olympics – Yoo Nam Kyu
The 1988 Summer Olympics was held in Seoul and Yoo Nam Kyu did not disappoint the home crowd. The South Korean paddler who played with a pen-hold grip immortalised his name in history by becoming the first ever Olympic gold winner. What made his victory doubly sweet was the fact that he beat his fellow countryman and compatriot Kim Ki Taik in the final, thus ensuring South Korea both the gold and silver medals.
Yoo Nam Kyu displayed brilliant moment and attacked at every opportunity to down Kim Ki Taik 3-1 in an exciting final. Played in front of a packed home crowd, the final drew astonished ooh’s and aah’s as both the players wowed the audiences with some stunning shots and unbelievable blocks.
The South Korean followed his exploits in singles by claiming the bronze medal in Men’s doubles partnering Ahn Jae-Hyung. The video below brilliantly shows the emotions and brilliant points involved in the first ever Olympics table tennis final: