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    Rio Olympic 2016 Draw Released! Full Update (PHOTOS)

    The draw for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games is now out! Yesterday on the 3rd August 2016 the long awaited draw was released for the singles and team event in the Riocentro Pavilion 4 in Rio de Janeiro.

    Ma Long training with Kristian Karlsson in the Rio Olympic training hall yesterday!

    Men's Singles Draw

    Number 1 seed for the men's singles Ma Long (World Number 1) is of course in the top half of the draw alongside Timo Boll, Chuang Chih Yuan, Marcos Freitas, Simon Gauazy and Jun Mizutani. If all goes to plan according to seeds Ma Long will meet Timo Boll in the quarter final and Jun Mizutani in the semi final.

    In the bottom half of the draw number 2 seed and reigning Olympic Champion Zhang Jike (World Number 4) has Chen Chien An, Stefan Fegerl and Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Over the last year Zhang Jike has lost to all 3 of these players, will Zhang Jike prevail? If Dimitrij Ovtcharov finds form similar to the World Team Championships in 2014 when he defeated Zhang Jike 3-0 could we see a Ma Long and Dimitrij Ovtcharov final!?

    One notable player to look out for in the bottom half of the draw is world number 9 Vladimir Samsonov. If all goes to plan according to seeding Samsonov will meet Ovtcharov in the quarter final stages.

    In an interview with the ITTF Vladimir Samsonov expressed, "Ovtcharov and I are very good friends, we are team mates in the Russian league and we know one anothers games so well. But this is competition so we will give our best to fight and medal here in Rio".

    Full Men's Singles Draw below:

    Women's Singles Draw

    In the women's singles event China's Ding Ning leads the seedings. In the top half of the draw Ding Ning has Li Jie, Han Ying and Kasumi Ishikawa. In the bottom half of the draw number 2 seed Feng Tianwei has reinigng Olympic champion Li Xiaoxia.

    Full women's Singles Draw below:

    Men's and Women's Team Event

    In the men's team event Germany have won medals in two of the previous Olympic Games, however with other nations with their eyes on the target it will not be plain sailing. Germany meet Chinese Taipei who is led by Chuang Chih Yuan.

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    Comments 3 Comments
    1. bricephan's Avatar
      bricephan -
      as usual, South Korea Men's team is always in the same side with China
    1. Debby's Avatar
      Debby -
      Bad luck for GBR Men's Team. France and then China then out. :-(
    1. Askan's Avatar
      Askan -
      lol GER vs TPE first match? That's crazy
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