The ITTF Hall of Fame

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The International Table Tennis Hall of Fame was established in 1993 to recognize
and honor players who distinguished themselves by their outstanding play and
contribution to the sport of Table Tennis throughout the world.

ITTF Hall of Fame Chairman, the late Jimmy McClure (USA) was the driving
force for the founding of the Hall of Fame, originally proposed in 1991 to ITTF
President Ichiro Ogimura. Eligibility for the highest honor in international Table
Tennis requires that the player must have won 5 Gold Medals in World
Championships or the Olympic Games.

To date 46 players and 3 officials have been enshrined in the Hall. Eligibility is
reviewed every 2 years, with induction ceremonies andbanquet held at the
World Championships. Following are the honorees along with their career
statistics, arranged alphabetically. For additional photos, with members
grouped by year of induction, please visit: Hall of Fame
Ivan ANDREADIS (Czechoslovakia) 1924-1992
27 World Championship medals: (9,10,8)
4-time Doubles World Ch: 1949,51,55,57
2-time World Championship finalist (1951,53) & 6-time semifinalist
12-time Czech Champion
ITTF Hall of Fame (1995)
Victor BARNA (Hungary) 1911-1972
A record 40 World Championship medals: (22,7,11)
World Champion 1930,32,33,34,35
8-time World Doubles Ch: 1929-1935,1939
Mixed Doubles World Ch: 1932,35
English Open Ch: 1933,34,35,37,38
1993 Charter member of the ITTF Hall of Fame
Laszlo BELLAK (Hungary) 1911-2006
21 medals at World Championships: (7,9,5)
3-time Singles Finalist: 1928,30,34
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1938 English Open Ch: 1928
1993 Charter member of the ITTF Hall of Fame
Richard BERGMANN (Austria) 1918-1970
22 World Championship medals: (7,6,9)
World Champion: 1937,39,48,50
World Doubles Ch: 1939
English Open Ch: 1939,40,48,50,52,53,54
1993 Charter member of the ITTF Hall of Fame
Superb defensive player
CAO Yanhua (China) 1962-
11 World Championship medals: (7,2,2)
World Champion: 1983,85
World Doubles Ch: 1981 Mixed Doubles World Ch: 1985
Chinese Champion: 1981. Asian Ch: 1978,82
ITTF Hall of Fame (2001)
DENG Yaping (China) 1973-
14 World Championship medals: (9,0,5)
World Champion: 1991,95,97
World Doubles Ch: 1989,95
4 Olympic Gold Medals: 1988,1992
Pro Tour Grand Finals Ch: 1996
ITTF Hall of Fame (2003), Asian Ch: 1994
Fujie EGUCHI (Japan) 1933-
16 World Championship medals: (6,5,5)
World Champion: 1957, Finalist: 1959
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1957,59
English Open Ch: 1957
Asian Games: Doubles & Mixed Doubles Ch: 1958
Japan Ch: 1954,56
ITTF Hall of Fame (1997)
H.Roy EVANS (Wales) 1909-1998
ITTF President 1967-1987
ITTF Hon.Secretary: 1951-67
Gizi FARKAS (Hungary) 1925-1997
28 World Championship medals: (10,9,9)
World Champion: 1947,48,49
World Doubles Ch: 1947,49,53
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1947,49,50,54
4 Euro Ch. medals: (3,0,1)
ITTF Hall of Fame (1995)
GE Xinai (China) 1953-
9 World Championship medals: (5,1,3)
World Champion: 1979
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1979
ITTF Hall of Fame (2003)
GUO Yuehua (China) 1956-
11 World Championship medals: (6,4,1)
World Champion: 1981,83
ITTF Hall of Fame (2001)
Asian Ch: 1978
World Cup Ch: 1980,82
Nobuhiko HASEGAWA (Japan) 1947-2005
10 World Championship medals: (5,2,3)
World Champion: 1967
ITTF Hall of Fame (2001)
Asian Ch: 1968,70,72,74
JIANG Jialiang (China) 1964-
10 World Championship medals: (5,3,2)
World Champion: 1985,87
ITTF Hall of Fame (2001)
Asian Ch: 1986
World Chup Ch: 1984
Peter KARLSSON (Sweden) 1969-
7 World Championship medals: (5,1,1)
World Doubles Ch: 1991
ITTF Hall of Fame (2003)
10 Euro Ch. medals: (5,1,4) Euro Champion: 2000
I.Stephen KELEN (Hungary) 1912-2003
14 World Championship medals
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1933
1993 Charter member of the ITTF Hall of Fame
Marie KETTNEROVA (Czechoslovakia) 1911-1998
23 World Championship medals: (6,5,12)
World Champion: 1933,35
1993 Charter member ITTF Hall of Fame
Johnny LEACH (England) 1922-
16 World Championship medals: (2,5,8)
World Champion: 1949,51
ITTF Hall of Fame (1997)
LI Furong (China) 1943-
11 World Championship medals: (4,4,3)
3-time World Ch. Finalist: 1961,63,65
ITTF Hall of Fame (1999)
LI Ju (China) 1976-
World Doubles Champion: 1999, 2001
Olympics: Gold, Doubles; Silver, Singles: 2000
Pro Tour: winner of 7 Singles, 9 Doubles titles
Pro Tour Grand Finals: 1 Singles, 3 Doubles titles
World Cup winner: 2000
LIANG Geliang (China) 1950-
13 World Championship medals: (6,3,4)
World Doubles Champion: 1977, Mixed Doubles Ch: 1973,79
ITTF Hall of Fame (2001)
Asian Ch: 1976
An early exponent of the combination bat
LIN Huiqing (China) 1941-
8 World Championship medals: (5,3,0) World Champion: 1971
World Doubles Ch: 1965,71. World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1971
ITTF Hall of Fame (1999)
LIU Guoliang (China) 1976-
11 World Championship medals: (6 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
World Champion Singles: 1999 Men's Doubles: 1997, 1999 Mixed Doubles: 1997
4 Olympic medals: 2 Gold 1996; silver, bronze: 2000
World Cup 1996; Pro Tour Grand Finals Champion: 1999
LIU Wei (China) 1969-
ITTF Hall of Fame (2003)
World Doubles Ch: 1993
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1991,93,95
Kimiyo MATSUZAKI (Japan) 1938-
10 World Championship medals: (7,2,1)
World Champion: 1959,63
World Doubles Ch: 1963 World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1961
Asian Ch: 1963. Asian Games Ch: 1962
Japan Ch: 1958,59,62
Jimmy McCLURE (USA) 1916-2005
World Doubles Champion: 1936,37,38
1993 Charter member of the ITTF Hall of Fame
Zoltan MECHLOVITS (Hungary) 1891-1951
World Champion: 1928 World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1926,28
1993 Charter member of the ITTF Hall of Fame
Penholder with large wood blade
Maria MEDNYANSZKI (Hungary) 1901-1979
28 World Championship medals: (18,6,4)
5-time World Champion: 1926,28,29,30,31
7-time World Doubles Ch: 1928,1930-34
6-time Mixed Doubles World Ch: 1926,28,30,31,33,34
1993 Charter member ITTF Hall of Fame
Ivor MONTAGU (England) 1904-1984
Founding President of the ITTF
40 years of service: 1926-67
Ichiro OGIMURA (Japan) 1932-1994
20 World Championship medals: (12,5,3)
World Singles Champion: 1954,1956
Men\'s Doubles World Ch: 1956,59
3-time Mixed Doubles World Ch: 1957,59,61
8 Asian Ch titles. Asian Ch: 1960
English Open Ch: 1959
ITTF President (1987-1994)
ITTF Hall of Fame (1997)
Jörgen PERSSON (Sweden) 1966-
10 World Championship medals: (5,4,1) World Champion: 1991
ITTF Hall of Fame (2003)
14 Euro Ch. medals: (9,1,4) Euro Champion: 1986
Euro Top-12 Ch: 1992
World Cup Ch: 1991
QIAO Hong (China) 1969-
World Champion: Singles 1989, Doubles 1989, 1995
Olympics Gold: Doubles 1992, 1996; Singles: Silver 1992, Bronze 1996
World Doubles Cup: 1992
Angelica ROZEANU (Romania) 1921-2006
30 World Championship medals: (17,5,8)
World Champion: 1950,51,52,53,54,55
World Doubles Ch: 1953,55,56
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1951,52,53
7 Euro Ch medals: (2,3,3)
ITTF Hall of Fame (1995)
Ferenc SIDO (Hungary) 1923-1998
26 World Championship medals: (9,9,8)
World Champion 1953
World Doubles Ch: 1950,53
Mixed Doubles World Ch: 1949,50,52,53
ITTF Hall of Fame (1995)
Anna SIPOS (Hungary) 1908-1988
21 World Championship medals: (11,6,4)
World Champion: 1932,33
6-time World Doubles Ch: 1930-35
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1929,32,35
1993 Charter member ITTF Hall of Fame
Ladislav STIPEK (Czechoslovakia) 1925-1998
19 World Championship medals: (5,7,7)
ITTF Hall of Fame (1995)
3-time World Doubles Ch: 1948,55,57
Euro Doubles Ch: 1958
Czech Ch: 1955,57
Miklos SZABADOS (Hungary) 1912-1962
23 World Championship medals: (15,6,2)
World Champion (1931)
6-time World Doubles Ch: 1929-1932,34,35
Mixed Doubles World Ch: 1930,31,34
English Open Ch: 1931,32
1993 Charter member of the ITTF Hall of Fame
Toshiaka TANAKA (Japan) 1935-1998
9 medals at World Championships: (5,2,2)
World Champion: 1955,57
ITTF Hall of Fame (1997)
Japan Champion: 1955,56,57
Frantisek TOKAR (Slovakia)
World Doubles Champion: 1949
Swaythling Cup team Ch: 1947,48,50,51
ITTF Hall of Fame (1995)
Bohumil VANA (Czechoslovakia) 1920-1989
30 World Championship medals: (13,10,7)
World Champion: 1938,47
3-time World Doubles Ch: 1947,48,51
3-time Mixed Doubles World Ch: 1937,39,51
English Open Ch: 1946
5-time Czech Champion
1993 Charter member of the ITTF Hall of Fame
A.K.VINT (England) 1908-1993
Hon. Secretary of the ITTF: 1967-77
ITTF Treasurer: 1947-69
Vera VOTRUBCOVA (Czechoslovakia)
World Doubles Champion: 1937,38
World Mixed Doubles Champion: 1937,38,39
1993 Charter member ITTF Hall of Fame
Jan-Ove WALDNER (Sweden) 1965-
15 World Championship medals: (6,7,2)
World Champion: 1989,97
Olympic Gold Medal: 1992, Silver Medal: 2000
ITTF Hall of Fame (2003)
20 Euro Ch. medals: (10,5,5) Euro Champion: 1996
7-time Euro Top 12 Champion: 1984,86,88,89,93,95,96
World Cup Ch: 1990
WANG Liqin (China) 1978-
World Championship medals: (9,2,3) Singles Ch: 2001,2005,2007;
Doubles Champion: 2001,2003 Mixed: 2005
Olympic Gold, Doubles: 2000; Bronze: Singles 2004
Pro Tour: 20 Singles titles, 18 Doubles titles
Pro Tour Grand Finals: 1998,2000,2004 Doubles 1996,1998,2000
WANG Nan (China) 1978-
World Champion Singles: 1999,2001,2003 Doubles: 1999,2001,03,05,07
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 2003
3 Olympic Gold Medals: Singles & Doubles: 2000 Doubles: 2004
Pro Tour Winner: 16 Singles, 14 Doubles
Pro Tour Grand Finals Winner: 2 Singles: 1998, 2001
5 Doubles: 1997,1998,1999,2004,2006
World Cup Ch: 1997,1998,2003 Silver: 2000,2004
ITTF Hall of Fame (2003)
WANG Tao (China) 1967-
World Doubles Champion: 1993,95
Mixed Doubles: 1991,93,95
Olympic Silver Medal: 1996, Asian Ch: 1990
ITTF Hall of Fame: 2003
Ella ZELLER CONSTANTINESCU (Romania) 1933-
16 World Championship medals: (7,1,8)
World Doubles Ch: 1955,56
5 Euro Ch. medals: (1,2,2) Euro Doubles Ch: 1958
ITTF Hall of Fame (1995)
ZHANG Xielin (China) 1940-
8 World Championship medals: (4,2,2)
World Doubles Ch: 1963
World Mixed Doubles Ch: 1971
ITTF Hall of Fame (2001)
ZHANG Yining (China) 1981-
World Singles Champ: 2005, World Doubles Champion: 2003, 2005, 2007
Olympics Gold 2004, Singles and Doubles;
Pro Tour: Winner of 21 Singles, 17 Doubles titles
Grand Finals Winner: Singles: 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 Doubles: 2004, 2006
World Cup Winner: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
ZHUANG Zedong (China) 1942-
13 World Championship medals: (8,2,3)
3-time World Champion: 1961,63,65
World Doubles Ch: 1965
ITTF Hall of Fame (1999)