Sweden's Bo Person beat Tokio Tasaka o Japan in his Swaythling Cup match on Monday (9 April) to win the men's team title in the World Table Tennis Championships at Sarejevo, Yugoslavia.
TV Ladies match in progress between Lee (S.Korea 262) & Yokota (Japan 227)
SV Final rally, & Lee wins match & both shake hands
SCU Lee congratulated by team-mates as she weeps
SV Trumpeters play fanfare
SV Trophy presented to Korean team
LV Korean, Chinese, Japanese & Hungarian teams on rostrum for places
CU Men's trophy
GV Men's match in progress between Sweden & Japan
SV Tasaka (Japan 222) playing Person (Sweden 394)
CU Japanese team watch
SV ZOOM Person winning final point, embraced & tossed into air by team-mates
GV Crowd applaud
SCU Trophy awarded to swedish team
SV Swedish, Chinese, Japanese & Soviet teams on rostrum
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Background: Sweden's Bo Person beat Tokio Tasaka o Japan in his Swaythling Cup match on Monday (9 April) to win the men's team title in the World Table Tennis Championships at Sarejevo, Yugoslavia. Ailesa Lee of South Korea secured the Corbillon Cup for her team when she defeated Japan's Sachiko Yokota.
Japan and The People's Republic of China had held the Corbillon Cup since 1957. There was a record entry of 58 countries in the 32nd world championship.
South Korea won the Corbillon Cup 3-1 from Japan and Sweden took the Swaythling Cup 3-2 from the Japanese men.
SYNOPSIS: South Korea met Japan in the Corbillon Cup final on Monday in the World Table Tennis Championships at Sarejevo, Yugoslavia. Ailesa Lee, of South Korea -- with her back to the camera -- played Sachiko Yokota, of Japan, in this women's team final. Lee gave her Japanese opponent a sound beating to win the Corbillon Cup for South Korea.
It was a popular win with the spectators. Afterwards, as Lee was congratulated by her jubilant teammates, she found the whole occasion overwhelming. The south Korean victory was a particularly gratifying one, as the Corbillon Cup had been held by Japan and The People's Republic of China since 1957.
Another major upset was due -- this time in the Swaythling Cup final between Sweden and Japan. In this men's team title final, Bo Person of Sweden met Japan's Tokio Tasaka. This developed into a tense 210-minute battle which kept the spectators on the edge of their seats.
The third string Swedish player broke Asia's 20-year hold on the Swaythling Cup. Person scored a cliff-hanging 25-23, 22-20 victory over the Japanese to clinch the title. The Swedish players were justly proud of their team-mate - and they let him know in a very positive show of national jubilation.
The architect of Sweden's memorable victory was world singles champion Stellan Bengtsson. The 20-year-old left-handed completed a trio of victories over Japanese players Tasaka, Tadao Takashima and Mitsuri Kono.
The People's Republic of China -- the defending champions -- finished second. The Japanese finished third, followed by the Russians, in fourth place.