LI Xiaoxia

República Popular da China CHN

Tênis de Mesa

  • Medalhas
    3 O
    1 P
  • Participações
    2
  • Primeira Participação
    Londres 2012
  • Ano de Nascimento
    1988
Resultados Olímpicos

Biografia

LI Xiaoxia

China’s Li Xiaoxia experienced every emotion during her storied table tennis career. Victorious in the women’s singles at London 2012 and a world No1, she was beaten to the gold at Rio 2016 by compatriot Ding Ning, the player she had defeated in the final four years earlier. After collecting four Olympic medals and nine world titles, Xiaoxia announced her retirement from the sport. 

Second best?

Born in 1988, the same year as table tennis first appeared on the Olympic programme, Li took up the sport at the age of seven. Developing into a fast and powerful right-handed attacking player, she was called up to the Chinese national team in 2001. A World Cup winner in 2008, she was a substitute at the Beijing Games that year, where China swept the medals in the women’s singles and also took the team gold.

A member of the Jiangsu Wuxi Shanhe club, Li played second fiddle to Ding Ning for long periods of her career, and was known as ‘Miss Number Two’, a nickname that stuck even more after she lost out to Ding in the final at the 2011 World Championships. Even so, Li had already proved she was a winner by that time, having taken the singles title at the 2010 Asian Games, while also claiming a World Cup title in 2008, not to mention several ITTF Pro Tour victories.

London glory

The two rivals came face to face in the singles final at London 2012, having both cruised through the earlier rounds and with both intent on succeeding compatriot Zhang Yining, the gold medallist at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, as Olympic champion. Such was China’s domination of the sport in fact that they had provided every women’s singles champion since Seoul 1988.

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Rio 2016

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Singles
Singles Table Tennis
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Team
Team Table Tennis
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Londres 2012

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Singles
Singles Table Tennis
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Team
Team Table Tennis