Congratulations to following players (listed in order of qualifying), who have all qualified to represent their countries in the 2012 London Olympics. Commiserations to the other athletes, many of whom would have also been worthy choices to represent their countries.
Men: William Henzell (Australia), Justin Han (Australia), Phillip Xiao (New Zealand).
Women: Jian Fang Lay (Australia), Li Chunli (New Zealand), Miao Miao (Australia).
It was interesting to note that Jian Fang Lay qualified the day before her 40th birthday, and Li Chunli qualified at the age of 50!
On a sadder note, it appears likely that the New Zealand Olympic Committee won't select either Phillip or Li to compete at the London Olympics, due to their policy of requiring table tennis athletes to have the potential to finish in the top 16 places. I guess the wise heads at the NZOC have never heard of an upset in sport before.
This policy resulted in some of New Zealand's best table tennis athletes not even bothering to come over and attempt to qualify - and who can blame them when the 2008 winner of the Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament wasn't allowed to compete in Beijing? (Strangely enough, this was Karen Li, Li Chunli's younger sister!) You can read more about this horrible policy and the effect on New Zealand's athletes at Sarah Her-Lee's table tennis blog.
Full match results can be found at the Oceania Table Tennis website.