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Korea Republic champions in Doha

Saturday 02 October

Crowned World junior champion in 2013 in the Moroccan city of Rabat, on Friday 1st October,Jang Woojin underlined the fact that he has matured into a senior player of high calibre.


The successful Korean Men's Team


He was the hero of the hour as Korea Republic claimed men’s team gold at the 2021 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Doha.


In the final against Chinese Taipei, he beat Chen Chien-An (11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7) and Chuang Chih-Yuan (11-9, 11-7, 11-5).


The one further win for the Korea Republic was claimed by An Jaehyun who accounted for Feng Yi-Hsin (12-10, 11-9, 14-12); for Chinese Taipei,Chuang Chih-Yuan prevailed against Lee Sangsu (11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8).


Hard fought success, it was the same earlier in the day at the semi-final stage against India, the 3-0 was not straightforward.


Jang Woojin beat Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in four games (11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5); Lee Sangsu overcame Sharath Kamal Achanta after trailing 7-9 in the deciding fifth game (7-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9).


Similarly, Cho Seungmin was 8-10 in arrears in the vital fifth game against Harmeet Desai. He saved both match points, then held an 11-10 lead before eventually succeeding (11-4, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 13-11).


Coincidentally, the only previous occasion since 1972, the year the tournament was first staged under the auspices of the Asian Table Tennis Union, when Korea Republic had secured the title and India had gained a top four finish, was in 1996 in Kallang, Singapore.


Meanwhile, in the counterpart semi-final, Chinese Taipei needed the full five matches to beat Japan.


Mainstay, of the success was Chen Chien-An.


He accounted for Yuto Kizukuri (11-6, 11-6, 13-11), before in the concluding fifth match securing victory against Shunsuke Togami in a full distance contest (4-11, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7).


The one further win for Chinese Taipei was claimed in the third match of the engagement when Feng Yi-Hsin recovered from an opening game deficit to beat Hiroto Shinozuka (5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7).


Success for Japan came at the expense of Huang Yan-Cheng, he was beaten by Shunsuke Togami in the second match (11-4, 11-8, 11-5) and later by Yuto Kizukuri (11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5).


Play in the individual events is now the focus of attention.


Editor: Ian Marshall

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