Germany remains supreme in table tennis as they won gold in the team events at the 2019 European Games. By winning gold, the nation has qualified a team to the Olympics and additionally, two athletes will be eligible to compete in the singles events. Table tennis at the 2019 European Games was held in Minsk, Belarus from June 22nd to June 29th 2019.
The women’s team saw few upsets with only Sweden’s 3-1 victory over Spain in the first round and Poland’s 3-1 victory over Austria being the only ones. The semi-finals saw top seed Germany needing all five matches to defeat Poland. The final match between Germany’s Nina Mittelham and Poland’s Qian Li went to a fifth set where Mittelham won 11-9. The other semi-final between second seed Romania and Hungary went even closer as Romania’s Daniela Dodean won her fifth set 12-10 over Hungary’s Georgina Pota to win the match and the game 3-2. Germany would go on to win the gold medal and Olympic quota with a 3-0 sweep over Romania. The bronze medal was won by Poland who defeated Hungary 3-2.
The men’s team saw a few more upsets as both the ninth seed Portugal and twelfth seed Denmark reached the semi-finals. They were however, no match for the top two seeds as Germany swept Portugal 3-0 and Sweden defeated Denmark 3-1 to advance to the finals. Germany continued to display its dominance in the sport by winning the gold medal and Olympic quota 3-0 against Sweden. They did not lose a game throughout the tournament. The bronze medal was won by Portugal whom defeated Denmark 3-1.
By winning the team quotas, the singles quota won earlier by Germany in both the men’s and singles events have been reallocated to the European qualification tournament. Also, whoever is selected to compete in mixed doubles must now also be selected to compete in the team event. The next opportunity for nations to qualify in the team event will be at the World Team Qualification Tournament expected to be held in January.