World Table Tennis Championship

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The premier competition for professional table tennis players is ... the World Table Tennis Championship.

Alongside the Olympic Games, the World Championship is where every table tennis player wants to be ... and perform at their best in order to claim the title of World Champion.

2014 World Champions - China
2014 World Champions - China

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The next world championships

Well, since 2000, the World Table Tennis Championship has been split into two separate competitions.

Team events are now held in even numbered years, whilst individual events (singles and doubles) are held in odd numbered years.

So the next World Championship individual events will be held in Suzhou, China from 26 April to 3 May 2015 whilst the next team event will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2016.


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Men's Singles World Champion

World Champion 2013 - Zhang Jike from China Zhang Jike
Photo courtesy of ITTF

Zhang Jike of China is the current holder of the individual men's title following his victory in Paris, France in May 2013 when he won his second men's singles crown (the St Bride Vase).

He will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Suzhou, China in May 2015.


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Women's Singles World Champion

World Champion 2013 - Li Xiaoxia from China Li Xiaoxia
Photo courtesy of ITTF

In the 2013 women's event, it was Li Xiaoxia of China who took the title of World Champion when she beat compatriot Liu Shiwen to win The Geist Prize in a closely contested final.

Li Xiaoxia will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Suzhou, China in May 2015.


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Men's Doubles World Champions

Men's Doubles World Champions 2013 - Chen Chien-An and Chuang Chih-Yuan from Chinese Taipei Chen Chien-An and Chuang Chih-Yuan
Photo courtesy of ITTF

In the 2013 men's doubles event, it was Chen Chien-An and Chuang Chih-Yuan of Chinese Taipei who took the title of World Champions when they beat China's Hao Shuai and Ma Lin to win The Iran Cup.

Chen Chien-An and Chuang Chih-Yuan will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Suzhou, China in May 2015.


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Women's Doubles World Champions

Women's Doubles World Champions 2013 - Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia from China Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia
Photo courtesy of ITTF

In the 2013 women's doubles event, it was Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia of China who took the title of World Champions for the third consecutive time when they beat compatriots Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen to win The W.J.Pope Trophy.

Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Suzhou, China in May 2015.


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Mixed Doubles World Champions

Mixed Doubles World Champions 2013 - Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong of North Korea Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong
Photo courtesy of ITTF

In the 2013 mixed doubles event, it was Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong of North Korea who took the title of World Champions when they beat Lee Sangsu and Park Youngsook of South Korea to win The Heydusek Cup.

Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Suzhou, China in May 2015.


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Men's Team World Champions

The 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships took place in Tokyo, Japan from 28 April to 5 May 2014.

China were the clear favourites to retain their Men's Team title which they won in 2012 in the city of Dortmund, Germany and they duly obliged, beating Germany 3-1 in a closely contested final to retain The Swaythling Cup.

China will hold the men's team title until the next team events take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2016.

2014 World Champions - China
2014 World Champions - China


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Women's Team World Champions

China were the clear favourites to retain their Women's Team title, and they duly obliged, beating Japan 3-0 in Tokyo, Japan to win the Corbillon Cup in 2014.

China will hold the women's team title until the next team events take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2016.

2014 World Champions - China

2014 World Champions - China


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The first World Championship...

The history of table tennis goes back to the late 1800s, but it was in 1926 that the modern game of table tennis began and the inaugural World Championship took place that year in London, England.

Hungarian Roland Jacobi took the men's singles title in that first year, beating another Hungarian (Zoltan Mechlovits) in the final as European players dominated the championship.

However, the frequency and format of the world championship has changed through the years.


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A short break

Although the World Championship went from strength to strength - being held annually until 1939 - the second world war prevented it from being played in 1940 ... and for the following six years.

However, by 1947 the time was right to recommence, and it once again became an annual event.


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The rise of the East

World Table Tennis Champion 1952 - Hiroji Satoh

The Hungarian and English players dominated the World Championship for the first 25 years and it wasn't until 1952 that the European stranglehold was finally broken.

Japan's Hiroji Satoh (pictured right) astonished the world with his unexpected victory in the men's singles that year - in part due to the unique sponge racket he used to bamboozle his opponents.

World Table Tennis Championship 1953

 

But it wasn't until 1953 in Bucharest, Romania that China first entered the World Championships as they became full members of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).


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From annual to biennial

At the World Championship's Annual General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan in 1956, the ITTF voted in favour of changing it to a biennial event.

By starting this change with effect from the 1957 event in Stockholm, Sweden, they also ensured that it wouldn't clash with the Olympic Games held in the even numbered years.


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China and Japan dominate

World Table Tennis Champion 1971 - Stellan Bengtsson

The 1959 World Table Tennis Championships were held in Dortmund, West Germany and that year also saw the first Chinese winner of the men's singles title as Jung Kuo-Tuan beat Hungarian Ferenc Sido in the final.

From that point on, China and Japan started to dominate world table tennis, consistently taking the men's singles title.

It was only Stellan Bengtsson (pictured right) of Sweden in 1971, and Istvan Jonyer of Hungary in 1975 who stopped the men's singles title from going to the Far East between 1959 and 1987.


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Europe on top of the World again

However, during the 1990s, the European players once again dominated the world game with Jan-Ove Waldner, Jorgen Persson and Jean-Philippe Gatien becoming World Champions in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and Jan-Ove Waldner winning his second title in 1997.


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Further changes to the Championship

Starting in Kuala Lumpur in 2000, the World Table Tennis Championship was split into two separate competitions.

The team events are now held in even numbered years, whilst the individual events (singles and doubles) are held in odd numbered years.

So the next World Championship individual events will be held in Suzhou, China from 26 April to 3 May 2015 whilst the next team event will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2016.


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