Swedish teenager Stelland Bengtsson broke 17 years of Asian table tennis domination when he beat defending champion Shigeo Itoh of Japan in four sets, thus winning the Men's Singles title in the World Championships at Nagoya, Japan, on Wednesday (April 7).
GTV Match in progress
LV Rally between Cheng Min Chih and Lin Hui Ching (on right) in women's final, Cheng wins.
CU Cheng serving PULL BACK to rally won by Lin
SV Lin wins match point and shakes hands.
GV Crowd applaud
LV and SV Mens Singles final, Bengtsson (back to camera) against Itoh, who wins point (2 shots)
SV Bengtsson serves and wins
SV Scoreboard 20-10 to Bengtsson
SV Bengtsson serving and winning match point runs over to team mates and lifted shoulder high
GV Score 1-3 to Sweden
SV Bengtsson on dias
GV Crowd applauding
SV Bengtsson receiving cup.
Initials CO.11.07 JKP:11.21
SPORT: TABLE TENNIS
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Background: Swedish teenager Stelland Bengtsson broke 17 years of Asian table tennis domination when he beat defending champion Shigeo Itoh of Japan in four sets, thus winning the Men's Singles title in the World Championships at Nagoya, Japan, on Wednesday (April 7).
But Asian pride was salvaged in the Women's Singles final -- contested by two girls from the Chinese People's Republic.
Lin Hui Ching, who had already notched successes in the mixed doubles and women's Doubles beat Cheng Min-Chih in four sets.
SYNOPSIS: The World Table Tennis Champion-ships in Nagoya, Japan, wound up with the singles finals on Wednesday. The two finalists in the women;'s event were both members of the high-powered Chinese team. Cheng Min-Chin (on the left) was up against Lin Hui-Chin, who had earlier been in the winning mixed and women's doubles.
Cheng serving. After losing the first two sets 21-17, 2-15, she came back to take the third. But Lin, who was losing finalist in 1965, was the more consistent.
In the fourth set, Lin led 20-13 then dropped six consecutive points before finally getting home 21-19.
In the Mens Finals, Swedish teenage hope Stelland Bengtsson (with his back to the camera) was out to break Asian domination in his match with defending champion Shigeo Itoh of Japan. The eighteen-year-old left-handed won the first set 21-17, lost the second 19-21, and came back to take the third 21-13.
Match point ... and Bengtsson goes on toe break seventeen years of Asian domination in this event and gives a further boost to Europe's table-tennis revival.
The defeat of 26-year-old Itoh completed a clean sweep of defeats for the reigning world champions at Nagoya. It also meant that Japan finished with only one title - compared with five in the last championships in Munich.