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Return to Top Flight, England and Italy Clinch Division Two Titles

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Italy and England celebrated on the evening of Saturday 3rd May in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo.

Both recorded wins that ensured a return to the Championship Division; for Italy it was a return after a four year absence, they were relegated in Moscow in 2010, when finishing in the final place in the top league.

Meanwhile, for England, the situation was somewhat different, under the present system they had never played in the Menís Championship Division; although in 1997 in Manchester they had finished 14th place, which in present day terms would equate to a creditable Championship Division finish.

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Brazil and Sweden Promoted to Championship Division

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Tension filled the air in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium late on the evening of Saturday 3rd May, as Brazil and Sweden secured promotion to the Womenís Championship Division at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in the Japanese capital city of Tokyo.

Caroline Kumahara emerged as the heroine for the Brazilians; whilst for the Swedes it was Daniela Moskovits.

They were the players who secured dramatic the vital wins as three-two victories were posted on an evening that saw finger nails were bitten to the quick by supporters from both sides of the fence.

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Mexico Leads the Way, Promotion for Latin Americans in Tokyo

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Unbeaten performances by Marcos Madrid and Yadira Silva fired Mexican celebrations on the evening of Satrurday 3rd May at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Championships in Tokyo.

Both remained unbeaten as Kazakhstan suffered at the hands of Central America's largest country both on terms of geographical size and population.

In the crucial men's fixture, Mexico recorded a three matches to two win; whilst in the counterpart female contest it was a three-one victory margin for the Latin Americans.

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Desolation in Dortmund, Triumph in Tokyo

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

On Friday 30th March at the Liebherr 2012 World Team Championships in Dortmund it had been sheer desolation for Kasumi Ishikawa; she had been beaten in the fifth game of the deciding fifth match at the quarter-final stage of the Womenís event in the Championship Division.

Facing Kim Kyungah in the contest against Korea, she had held two match points in the deciding game before eventually suffering defeat and thus being denied a medal.

Now, just over two years later in the Yoyogi Gymnasium at the ZEN HON 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo, on the evening of Saturday 3rd May, Kasumi Ishikawa once again became embroiled in five game drama in the fifth match of a quarter-final Womenís Championship contest.

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Firmly Focused, Germany Overcomes Singapore

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Drama earlier in the afternoon when Chuang Chih-Yuan had recovered from the very precipice of defeat to inspire a Chinese Taipei win over Korea; there was no such drama in the ensuing contest in the Championship Division of the Menís event at the ZEN-HOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo.

On the evening of Saturday 3rd May, Germany beat Singapore by three matches to nil to book their place in the semi-finals where, as in Dortmund two years ago, Japan awaits.

Watching the trio of Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Timo Boll and Patrick Franzisksa in action against Singapore; Germany is ready for the task that lays ahead.

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Unsung Hero Keeps Englandís Men on Target but End of Road for Women

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Success for the men but defeat for the women; that was the scenario for England at the quarter-final stage of proceedings in Division Two at the ZEN-NOH World Team Championships in Tokyo on Saturday 3rd May.

In the Menís Team event, England recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Nigeria with Danny Reed, the player to inspire the recovery.

Very much the unsung hero of the England cause, Danny Reed beat Ojo Onaolapo (11-5, 11-7, 11-6) after Paul Drinkhall had suffered defeat against Quadri Aruna (12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6) and Liam Pitchford had succumbed to the vast experience of Segun Toriola (12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6).

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Split Second, One Magic Moment Decides Fate for Chinese Taipei and Korea

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Match point; not only match point but if converted the whole contest would have been over.

If ever the result of a team match was decided by one outrageous moment, it was the quarter-final clash in the Menís Championship Division between Chinese Taipei and Korea, at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo on the afternoon of Saturday 3rd May.

Drama, sheer drama engulfed the Yoyogi Gymnasium.

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Forward Kazakhstan and Mexico, Kirill Gerassimenko and Marcos Madrid Star

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Notable strides forward in recent years, Kazakhstan continued to make progress in Division Three of the Menís and Womenís events at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo on Saturday 3rd May,

Both the Men and Women recorded hard fought three-two wins against most worthy opposition.

Once again the player to attract the attention was 17 year old, Kirill Gerassimenko; he remained unbeaten as the men accounted for Estonia.

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Wide Ranging Topics on Agenda at Well-Attended Workshop

 05/03/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Staged in the splendid premises of the Yoyogi Gymnasium, a state-of-the-art construction which holds all necessary support facilities, in addition to the splendid main arena, where the stars extol their skills at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships, an ITTF Development, Education and Womenīs Workshop was held on Tuesday 29th April.

An attendance of over 50 coaches and similarly motivated individuals attended the three hour workshop.

Glenn Tepper (ITTF Deputy Chief Executive Officer), Leandro Olvech (ITTF Director Ė Development) and Polona Cehovin (ITTF Education and Training Director) alongside Mikael Andersson (ITTF Senior Consultant) all made presentations.

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