Table Tennis: China Wins 11th Straight Men’s Team Title at Asian Championships

China swept the team gold medals by winning the men’s team event at the 2019 Asian Table Tennis Championships. By winning, the nation has also qualified to the Olympics. The Asian Table Tennis Championships is currently being held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from September 15th to September 22nd 2019.

The top six nations from 2017 automatically advanced to the quarter-finals. The other two spots were decided through a group stage then a single elimination bracket. The eight groups were won by Bahrain, India, Iran, Malaysia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Uzbekistan. The first round saw straight match wins by North Korea and Iran against Malaysia and Bahrain respectively while Thailand and India defeated Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia 3-1 each. The second round had Iran and India advance to the main bracket by defeating North Korea and Thailand, 3-1 and 3-0 respectively.

The quarterfinals of the main bracket saw heavy favourites China defeat Singapore in straight matches while Japan, Chinese Taipei and South Korea made it an all East Asia semi-final with wins over India (3-1), Iran (3-1) and Hong Kong (3-2) respectively. China and South Korea both won their semi-final matches in straight matches against Japan and Chinese Taipei respectively to advance to the final where China once again showed its strength, defeating South Korea 3-0 to win gold.

By qualifying a team China is also eligible to compete in the men’s singles events with two athletes. Other nations can still qualify a men’s team through the world qualification event to be held in January.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Singles
* China
* China

Men’s Team
* China

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