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Google doodle on London Olympics 2012 Table Tennis. Image: Google Screen Grab.

Google's seventh doodle since the London 2012 opening ceremony has been dedicated to table tennis.

The graphic image on the homepage features two table tennis players in action, one right-handed and his opponent left-handed. The third letter in the Google logo is captured as the tennis racket of the left-handed player and the logo is placed on the net.

Table tennis events in the London Olympics 2012 run from 28 July to 8 August. The competition has four medal events - men's singles, women's singles, men's team and women's team. A total of 172 athletes, including 86 men and 86 women, are participating in the competition.

Table tennis was introduced in modern Olympics in the 1988 Seoul Games. China is the highest medal-winner, 21 in all, since the debut of the sport with its latest win in London Olympic women's singles final on 1 August. The competition was between China's two players, the world number one Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia. Li has won the gold medal.

"Winning the Olympic gold medal is a dream come true. I've gone through pains and hardships to pursue the dream. But I finally conquered myself. This demonstrated that persistence brings success," said Li.

"I dreamed of participating in the Olympics. I wanted so much to step into the Olympic venue under the watch of the whole world and prove myself."

The only European gold medallist in the Olympic table tennis so far has been Swedish player Jan-Ove Waldner, who is nicknamed the "Mozart of Table Tennis". He won the gold medal in the men's singles category at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Google had previously posted table tennis doodles, the first during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and the second during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.