When you talk about table tennis, there is one country which comes immediately to mind – China. Ever since TT was introduced in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, China have dominated the sport and it comes as no surprise that they are the favourites to claim the top prize this time around as well.
However, there are some players who have shown that they have the capability to shock the Chinese paddlers when they are at their best. We take a look at 5 players who are favourites to win the gold medal at Rio 2016:
#5 Jung Youngsik
World number 12 and 9th seed in the tournament, Jung Youngsik is capable of matching the best on his day. Just 24, the South Korean paddler relies on his powerful backhand jabs and explosive topspins to cause his opponents problems.
Although players like Marcos Frietas and Chuang Chih-Yuan are seeded higher than Jung, the South Korean’s game is best suited to cause the Chinese players and top players like Ovtcharov and Mizutani problems.
The South Korean is currently at his best and a favourable draw might just see him surprise quite a few people and claim the gold medal. The below video shows Jung Youngsik brilliantly taking apart Rio 2016 5th seed Chuang Chih-Yuan in the 2016 Croatian open.