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  • 25May

    Rong Guotuan, men’s table tennis player. He was born in Hong Kong on August 10, 1937, and the native place of his family is Nanping Village, Zhongshan County (now the Nanping Town, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province).

    Table tennis has been Rong Guotuan’s favorite sport since childhood, and he ran prize on behalf of the table tennis team of Hong Kong Union at his 15 years old. In 1957, when he was 20 years old, he entered Guangzhou Institute of Physical Culture after he came back from Hong Kong. In 1958, he joined the table tennis team of Guangdong Province, and won the champion of men’s single of the National Table Tennis Championships in the same year. Then he joined the national table tennis team. His penhold quick attacking style has broad course and various changes, and especially he has excellent serving skill, pushing, pulling, scraping, twisting, as well as forehand and backhand attacking skills. He succeeded and developed the Chinese traditional style of pushing left and attacking right, and he created new skills of serving revolving ball and un-revolving ball, and twisting revolving and un-revolving ball. He can use various strategies and show unique characteristics in the match. Based on his skills and experience, the skill style as table-closing quick attacking of Chinese table tennis has developed into “Quick, accurate, fierce, and changing” from the old “Quick, accurate and fierce”.

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    In the 25th World Table Tennis Championships in 1959, Rong won the first world championship of men’s single table tennis for China against table tennis stars from other countries, and he was the first world championship winner of new China. In the 26th World Table Tennis Championships in 1961, he made great contribution for China team to win the men’s team champion. After 1964, he worked as the coach of women’s table tennis team of China, under the guidance of him and other coaches, the women’s table tennis team of China won the women’s team champion in the 28th World Table Tennis Championships. He won the title of “Master of sports” in 1958 and two Medals of Honor for Sports issued by the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission in 1959 and 1961. In 1984, he was cited as one of the most excellent athletes in the 35 years since the founding of PRC.

    In 1956, the team champion of the World Table Tennis Championships, Japanese table tennis team visited Hong Kong, and Rong Guotuan won 2-0 against Ogimura Ichir?, a leading player of Japanese team. In the next year, he ran prize on behalf of the table tennis team of Hong Kong Union, and won three champions of men’s single, double and team. This year, he came back to Guangzhou with his father and entered Guangzhou Institute of Physical Culture. In 1958, he participated in the National Nine Cities Table Tennis Championships on behalf of Guangzhou city and won the national men’s single champion. In terms of skills, Rong Guotuan developed the Chinese traditional style of pushing left and attacking right, and successfully created new skills of serving revolving ball and un-revolving ball, and twisting revolving and un-revolving ball. After joined the national team, he learned penhold quick attacking style, and his style has broad course and various changes, and especially he has excellent in serving skill, pushing, pulling, scraping, twisting, as well as forehand and backhand attacking skills, and formed the skill style of “Quick, accurate, fierce, and changing” in a short time. In March 1959, the 25th World Table Tennis Championships was hold in Dortmund of West Germany. For the men’s single champion, Rong Guotuan fought against Hungary star Sido who has won world champion for nine times. Aiming at the fat body of Sido, Rong served long and short balls, combined with pushing side topspin, and larger attacking degree, after one game lost, he won the other three games, and defeat Sido. The name of Rong Guotuan was carved on the Saint Bride Cup for the first time, and he was the first world champion among Chinese table tennis players. In April 1961, in the men’s team final match of the 26th World Table Tennis Champion hold in Beijing, the Chinese team is under a 3-4 adverse situation, Rong Guotuan wept. The female team member Qiu Zhonghui talked to him, he said that he had lost two games, but then he cried out: “There are only few challenges we must fight against, now it is!” He rose to challenge and did his best, and finally defeated the Japanese player Hoshino whose title is “Fierce Lion”, and the Chinese team won 5-3 against Japanese team for the Swaythling Cup, writing another chapter for China. From then on, “There are only few challenges we must fight against, now it is!” has been popular.

    During the ten years of turmoil, Rong Guotuan was framed as “Spy Suspect”, and he committed suicide in June 1968 when he was only 31 years old, leaving his little daughter. In 1978, the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission rehabilitate Rong Guotuan’s honor. In 1987, a bronze statue of Rong Guotuan was built in Zhuhai city, the homeland of Rong Guotuan.

    Personal honors

    In 1959, he won the Men’s single champion of the 25th World Table Tennis Championships, becoming the first world champion of China.

    In the 26th World Table Tennis Championships in 1961, Rong Guotuan made a great contribution for China team to win the men’s team champion.

    In 1964, Rong Guotuan worked as the coach of women’s table tennis team of China, under the guidance of him and other coaches, the women’s table tennis team of China won the women’s team champion in the 28th World Table Tennis Championships.

    To award the contributions Rong Guotuan made for the Table Tennis development of China, the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission awarded him with two Merit Citations in 1961 and 1964, and conferred honor metals and certificates on him for several times.

    Source: confusious Instutute Online

    Posted by ttfan @ 4:39 pm

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