Celebrated names, those who have been embroiled in the heat of table tennis at the highest levels, emerged victorious at the World Veteran Championships in Stockholm, as a total of eight menís and eight womenís singles events, brought matters to a conclusion.
Belgiumís Philippe Saive won the Menís Singles 40-49 category with the host nationís Mikael Appelgren succeeding in the Menís Singles 50-59 years class and gaining revenge. The Swede reversed the decision of earlier in the group stage of proceedings when he had suffered defeat at the hands of Australiaís Lu Qiwei.
They met again in the final; this time with a different result.
Hard Earned Victory However, the victory was hard earned.
Mikael Appelgren trailed by two games to one and was level at 9-all in the fourth game, before asserting his authority on proceedings (11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4).
Success for Alessia Arisi Similarly, in the Womenís Singles 40-49 class, there was success for a notable name.
Italyís Alessia Arisi won struck gold beating Chinaís Wang Ping in the final (11-9, 11-7, 11-8).
Japan the Dominant Force Success for Alessia Arisi and thus for Italy; however the dominant force in the Womenís Singles events was Japan.
Akiko Ikeda They won four of the eight titles on offer with Akiko Ikeda taking pride of place.
She won the Womenís Singles 70-74 class and in so doing collected no less than her fifth Womenís Singles title at the World Veteran Championships. She becomes the most successful player, male or female, in the history of the 30 year old competition.
Remaining Titles The remaining titles for Japan were won by Yumi Oshima (Womenís Singles 50-59 years), Katsuko Okura (Womenís Singles 65-69 years) and Akiko Tasa (Womenís Singles 80-84 years).
Akiko Ikeda won her fifth World veteran Championships Womenís Singles title in Stockholm Photo courtesy of Christian Heyerdahl
Honours Shared Four titles for Japan, one for Italy and the remainder in the Womenís Singles events were shared.
Germanyís Monika Kneip (Womenís Singles 60-64 years), Englandís Betty Bird (75-79 years) and the Czech Republicís Eliska Krejova (Over 85 years) all concluded proceedings standing proudly on the top step of the medal podium.
Two Titles for Sweden Meanwhile, in the Menís Singles events, only the host nation boasted more than one winner.
In addition to Mikael Appelgren, Curt ÷sterholm won the Menís Singles Over 85 class.
Philippe Saive the winner of the Menís Singles 40-49 years category in Stockholm Photo courtesy of Christian Heyerdahl
Europeans in Form Otherwise it was honours shared with six further European players emulating Philippe Saive.
Denmarkís Claus Pedersen (Menís Singles 60-64 years), Dieter Lippelt (Menís Singles 70-74 years), the Czech Republicís Josef Rakosnik (Menís Singles 75-80 years) and Englandís Geoffrey Bax (Menís Singles 80-84 years) flew the flag for Europe; for Asia the one win was claimed by China
Wang Yin (Menís Singles 65-69 years) struck gold.
Look South Six days of intense action in the Ericsson Dome thus came to a successful conclusion; now eyes focus on the southern hemisphere, New Zealand is the home in 2014.
The contract for 2014 is signed, New Zealand delegation with members of the Swaythling Club International Photo courtesy of Christian Heyerdahl