Ma Long is undoubtedly China’s best table tennis player but the Tokyo 2020 Olympic will prove he is the best ever

China’s Ma Long the greatest table tennis player. The mainlander finalized his third conventional men’s singles title at the World Championship on Sunday making himself only the second Chinese player that has achieved the massive achievement, and definitely put himself in the discussion.  Fans from around the world can purchase Olympic Table Tennis Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

One more mainlander, Zhuang Zedong was crowned the singles world champion three times in the early 1960s. Merely Viktor Barna did better than the two Chinese players in the World. Barna, a Hungarian who would later settle in Britain after World War Two, won five world titles from 1930 to 1935, including a runner-up in 1931.

Ma Long is undoubtedly China’s best table tennis player but the Tokyo 2020 Olympic will prove he is the best ever

At Hungexpo in Budapest, Ma, who only returned to action after a distressing knee injury in March led to an eight-month absence from the international stage, traveled to a 4-1 victory over Mattias Falck of Sweden in the final.

 “I think the pressure was greater in 2017 than now because I was ranked 11th for this competition and that did not give me more pressure like 2017. I have to put in my best in this final because this might be the last chance for me to win the title.”

Ma Long is undoubtedly China’s best table tennis player but the Tokyo 2020 Olympic will prove he is the best ever

At the 2017 World Championships in Düsseldorf, Germany, Ma was the hottest player on the course after settling both the singles and team gold medals at the Rio Olympic Games eight months before.

He managed to defeat teammate Fan Zhendong 4-3 in the exciting final, including a 12-10 victory at deuce in the rubber game. He won his first singles world title in Suzhou, China in 2015 when he beat compatriot Fang Bo 4-2 in the final.

The 30-year-old also won a team gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics after he was surprisingly dropped from the singles event as the world number one. Ma, in fact, has so far held the top spot in the world rankings for a total of 64 months, including 34 succeeding months from March 2015, the greatest ever male player in the history of table tennis.

Ma Long is undoubtedly China’s best table tennis player but the Tokyo 2020 Olympic will prove he is the best ever

“As a member of the Chinese team, there is always pressure because of the records set by our predecessors. I want to continue that tradition and that is why I try my best in every tournament”.

With three Olympic gold medals and three singles Worlds titles under his belt, the mainlander is no doubt the best player of his era. But if Ma wants to be considered the best ever player in the sport, he must prove he is at the next in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where he will face an aggressive challenge from his Chinese teammates as well as hosts Japan.

The Budapest champion will occupy one of the two spots for China in the singles event at the Tokyo 2020 Games according to Chinese table tennis rules, excluding unexpected situations.

New Chinese Table Tennis Association chairman Liu Guoliang said in Budapest that Ma could become the first-ever high-pitched champion in a single Olympic 2020 Games with mixed doubles to be introduced for the first time in Tokyo 2020 Olympic.

Ma Long is undoubtedly China’s best table tennis player but the Tokyo 2020 Olympic will prove he is the best ever

Ding, the 2012 Olympic team champion and 2016 Rio singles and team champion, lost in the semi-finals to ultimate champion Liu Shiwen in the semi-finals in Budapest and her singles spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is now in serious doubt.

Liu made no mistake in Budapest after beating teammate Chen Meng 4-2 in the final. The 28-year-old scored an 11-0 game in the semi-finals and final respectively, a feat rarely witnessed on the international stage. Olympic fans can get Olympic Tickets through our trusted online ticketing market place. OlympicTickets2020.com is the most consistent source to book Summer Games Tickets.

Olympic 2020: Blom recalls and leads at FEI Nations Cup Eventing in Waregem

Merel Blom of The Netherlands took over the outright lead in the penultimate International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Nations Cup Eventing competition of the season in Waregem Belgium after today’s jumping. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Equestrian can get Olympic Equestrian Tickets online.

Blom, riding Cross border Radar Love finished the previous evening’s dressage section as joint leader with home rider Laure Redele riding Cheers 12, on 29.0 penalty points. But a faultless round in a time of 78.26sec was enough for her to head the overall competition going into tomorrow’s concluding cross-country with a score of 29.0 faults.

Olympic 2020: Blom recalls and leads at FEI Nations Cup Eventing in Waregem
Olympic 2020: Blom recalls and leads at FEI Nations Cup Eventing in Waregem

While Redele had an unhappy day which saw her drop to 86th place, the opposition behind Blom remained largely Belgian or German. Home rider Virginie Caulier who finished seventh in the dressage on Hobama de la Baille Rouge moved up to a second-place with 30.80, having incurred just 0.40 in terms of penalties.

Meanwhile, Germany’s double Olympic team eventing gold medalist, Ingrid Klimke moved up to third on Scrabble 15 after incurring just 1.20 faults for a total of 31.00. France won last month’s team competition on home soil at Haras du Pin.

A second-place finish saw Italy move into the overall lead of the Nations Cup series, after five of seven competitions Italy lead on 380 points with Sweden following on 345. The Netherlands also remains in the hunt for the overall title on 300 points.

Olympic 2020: Blom recalls and leads at FEI Nations Cup Eventing in Waregem

The battle for the overall title should become clearer after the three days of competition in Belgium, with the series concluding next month in Boekelo the Netherlands, from October 10 to 13. The event will see the awarding of the final Tokyo Olympic 2020 berth.

Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Belgium will battle for the place. Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Italy, Poland, United States, Brazil, China, Thailand and hosts Japan have already qualified for next year’s Olympics 2020.

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Cooke adds men’s European Modern Pentathlon Championships to Olympic 2020 Games

World modern pentathlon champion Jamie Cooke has added the European Championship to his collection and earned a Tokyo 2020 Games qualification spot for Britain after claiming victory in the men’s final in Bath. Olympic Modern Pentathlon followers from all over the world can buy Olympic Modern Pentathlon tickets online.

Cooke was not perturbed by the competition being delayed by high winds as he led throughout the day, holding onto a 16-second advantage into the laser-run as he eased his way to the gold medal at the University of Bath.

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“It’s been pretty much a perfect day for me,” he said. “The world is slight upside down with my score sheet today but I’m really, really pleased with it”.

The fencing for me was a bit of highlight – everything came together on the day and I kind of couldn’t lose a hit, it was almost comical at one point.

Cooke, who was very much on home turf as he trains at the University of Bath, beat defending champion Valentin Prades of France, who moved into second with a strong showing in the laser-run, as he also guaranteed himself a spot at next summer’s Olympic 2020 Games.

“Jamie was so strong today and was too far from me but I will get my revenge at the World Championships next month,” Prades said. “The principal objective of today was to get my Olympic 2020 ticket so I am very happy.”

Czech Republic’s Martin Vlach won the bronze medal after surging from 11th place ahead of the final event – booking his country a Tokyo 2020 Games place in the process – nudging Britain’s Joe Choong out of the medals.

Choong, who has already secured his place at Olympic 2020 Games by winning the International Modern Pentathlon Union World Cup final in Japan, was second behind Cooke going into the laser-run but ultimately finished fourth to miss out on a home medal.

“To be honest I’ve not felt 100 percent today so to come away with fourth is amazing,” he said. “At the beginning of the season, I would have been delighted with fourth on my best day so to have a bad day and come fourth is pretty good.”

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Also securing one of the eight Olympic 2020 Games qualifying places available today for their countries were Lukasz Gutkowski of Poland, Hungary’s Bence Demeter, Justinas Kinderis from Lithuania, Russia’s Alexander Lifanov and Patrick Dogue of Germany.

The Championships are due to conclude tomorrow with the women’s final, where again eight Tokyo Olympic qualification places will be up for grabs.

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