Ding Ning

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Ding Ning wins the women's singles gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Ding Ning (丁宁) is a top player on China's national women's table tennis team. She won the women's singles gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Aug. 10, 2016.

She won the women's team title and individuals silver medal in 2012 London Olympic Games. She also won the women's singles gold medal in the 2011 World Championships as well as in that year's World Cup. She later went on to become the team champion in the 2012 Asian Championships. She has been number one on the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings since November 2011.

Ding was born on June 20, 1990 in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province. Her parents were both professional athletes; her father was a speed skater and her mother a basketball player. Ding started her table tennis training at the age of six and entered the Daqing Sports School in 1997. She enrolled into the National Youth Team in 2003 and joined the National Team in 2005. In 2007, she won all her World Championships qualification matches.

Ding is optimistic and cheerful by nature. At present, she is busy preparing for 2012 London Olympic Games. “It is still premature to talk about any specific goal now,” she said. “The most important thing for me is to do well in every game. My biggest dream is to win the Olympic gold medal."

She won the silver medal at the Olympics, losing to her teammate Li Xiaoxia. The result fell short of her expectation.

Listed below are Ding's major achievements of the past 10 years.

In 2002

Team third place in the National Championships.

In 2003

Team champion in the National Championships.

In 2004

Team champion in the National Championships.

Team champion, women's singles second place, and mixed doubles second place in the Asian Youngsters Championships.

In 2005

Team champion in the 10th National Games.

Women's singles champion, women's doubles champion, and team champion in the World Youngsters Championships in Linz.

In 2006 Women's doubles champion in the National Championships.

In 2007

Women's singles champion in the National City Games.

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In 2008

Team champion and women's doubles champion in the National Championships.

In 2009

Women's singles champion in the Kuwait Open.

Women's doubles second place in the Qatar Open.

Women's singles third place in the Asia Cup.

Women's doubles second place in the World Championships in Yokohama.

Women's doubles champion in the China Open.

Team champion in the World Cup.

Women's team champion and mixed doubles third place in the 11th National Games.

Women's team, singles and doubles champion, and mixed second place in the Asian Championships.

Women's singles second place and women's doubles champion in the ITTF Tour Finals.

In 2010

Women's doubles champion in the Qatar Open.

Women's doubles second place in the Kuwait Open.

Women's singles second place and women's doubles second place in the Germany Open.

Women's singles second place in the Asia Cup.

Women's team second place in the World Championships in Moscow.

Women's doubles second place in China's Suzhou Open.

Women's team champion in the World Cup.

Women's team and singles champion, and women's doubles third place in the National Championships.

Women's team champion and women's doubles second place in the Asian Games.

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In 2011

Women's singles champion and women's doubles second place in the Britain Open.

Women's singles and doubles second place in the Qatar Open.

Women's singles champion in the Dubai Open.

Women's singles champion and women's doubles second place in the World Championships in Rotterdam.

Women's singles second place and women's doubles second place in China's Suzhou Open.

Women's singles champion and women's doubles champion in the Austria Open.

Women's team second place and singles second place in the National Championships.

Women's singles and team champion in the World Cup.

Women's singles second place in the ITTF Tour Finals.

In 2012

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Women's team gold medal at the London Olympic Games

Women's doubles champion in the Hungary Open.

Women's singles and women's doubles champion in the Slovenia Open.

Women's team and women's doubles champion in the Asian Championships.

Women's team champion in the World Championships in Dortmund.

Women's singles second place and women's doubles champion in the South Korea Open.

Women's doubles second place in China's Shanghai Open.

Women's singles second place at the London Olympic Games

Women's singles champion at the Rio Olympic Games.