Once again, the walls of the Great Wall were high. Where the Koreans made history with a silver medal, the Chinese had a family feud.
Fan Zhendong (China) and Sun Yingxia (China) were the final two players to win the men’s and women’s singles titles at the World Table Tennis Championships 2023 Finals at the ICC Durban in South Africa on Monday (Nov. 28).
First up was the women’s singles final, where Sun Yingxia defeated her compatriot Chen Meng in straight sets, 4-2. After finishing as runner-up in Houston in 2021, Sun Yingxia was finally crowned champion. However, in the women’s doubles event, where she was paired with Wang Manyu, the pair eventually settled for the bronze medal after being edged out by Jeon Jeon-hee and Shin Yubin.
In the men’s singles final, Fan Zhendong defeated Wang Chuqin in straight sets, 4-2, to win the title. The reigning World No. 1 also won the title in Houston in 2021. He also teamed up with Wang Chuqin to win the men’s doubles title, upsetting South Korea’s Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon.
China won the most medals at the tournament with 12. South Korea and Japan brought home three each, followed by Hong Kong and Germany. In the Mixed Doubles, Tomokazu Harimoto-Hina Hayata (JPN) won silver and Wong Chun-ting-Du Hoi-kem (HK) won bronze. In men’s doubles, Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon won silver, Lee Sang-soo and Cho Dae-sung won bronze, and Ovcharov Dimitri and Patrick Franziska (GER) won gold.
In women’s doubles, JEON Jeon Hee-SHIN Yubin won silver and NAGASAKI Miyu-MIYU and KIHARA Miyu (JPN) won bronze. Hina Hayata (JPN) won the bronze medal in the women’s singles. In the men’s singles, China swept the first, second, and third places. This marks the end of nine days of intense competition in Africa for the first time in 84 years.토토사이트
The next stop of the World Championships is Busan, South Korea. During the closing ceremony, Yoo Seung-min, president of the Korea Table Tennis Association, who is also a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Executive Committee, was presented with the Egyptian Cup, which is awarded to the host country. The Egyptian Cup was also given to the hosts in Budapest in 2019, but they had to return it once before due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Busan World Table Tennis Championships will be held at the Busan BEXCO from February 16 to 25, 2024.