Jan-Ove Waldner

Six-time world champion Jan-Ove Waldner, who we’ve profiled before, deserves another mention as one of the greatest table tennis players of all time. For a peek at what drives Waldner fans wild, check out his Euro-Asian final game against Yoo Nam Kyu – himself one of the all-time greats:


While only twenty-two at the time, Waldner had already cemented a reputation as one of the best contemporary players in table tennis. His elevation to heroic status arguably came much later; in his early 30s, for example, Waldner took the 1997 World Singles title without losing a single set.

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