Who is the Greatest Male Table Tennis player of all time?
While impossible to answer this categorically, the question will always be posed. For me, it is out of Guo Yue Hua, Kong Ling Hui, Chuang Tse-Tung, Wang Liqin and of course Jan-Ove Waldner?
Chuang Tse-Tungs’ 3 World Singles titles in a row from ’61 to ’65 must put him up there in the race. No chance for him to win Olympic or World Cup titles.
Guo Yuehua’s reaching the final of the World Championships for 4 Worlds in a row makes him a serious contender. He was the winner in ’81 and ’83 and runner-up in ’77 and ’79. He also won 2 World Cups in ’80 and ’82. Again, he lived at the wrong time for Olympic and World Cup opportunities.
Kong Ling Hui’s won World Championship Gold in ’95 and Silver in 2001, Olympic Gold in 2000 and World Cup Gold in ’95.
Wang Liqin has already secured 3 Worlds Championships, in 2001, 2005 and 2007. However, you would think that there is more opportunity for him to rack up a few more titles before he is finished. The Beijing Olympics looms large for him.
Waldner has 2 World Championships in ’89 and ’97 and Olympic Gold in 92 with a Silver in 2000 and the memorable 4th in 2004, and his World Cup in ’90. I think what is undoubted is that he has the longevity award all sewn up.
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