Key dates: Singles final, Aug. 2. Venue: ExCeL Exhibition Centre Big story: The Chinese have owned Olympic table tennis -- winning 20 of 24 gold medals -- since the IOC added this sport to the roster in 1988. Anything short of domination would be a letdown for them. Top U.S. prospects: Timothy Wang (above) is the only American who qualified to play at these Games. He's ranked No. 408 in the world. Others to watch: Top-ranked Zhang Jike of China is the reigning world champion and gold-medal favorite. Look for Japan's Jun Mizutani and Germany's Timo Boll to contend. Little-known fact: Chinese supremacy has been so complete - they won every medal at the 2008 Summer Games -- that the Olympic rules were modified. Each country is limited to a maximum of two competitors in singles, creating some room on the podium.
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