Men’s Singles Rio Olympic Games gold and World Champion Ma Long defeated Fan Zhendong in one of the most balanced finals one can remember and ensured in Dusseldorf to maintain the top spot on the Men’s World Rankings.
Ma Long playing the Men’s Singles 1/2 Final world table tennis championships in Dusseldorf. 29 May 6 june 2017 (Photo: Rémy Gros)
At 28 years of age “Marvellous”, “Champion”, “Successful”, “Intimidating”, are just a selection of words used to describe the impact Ma Long had on the world of sport.
Despite not being selected for the Men’s Singles event at the London Olympic Games, Ma Long was quick to respond at the start of the Rio Olympic cycle with his first individual World Cup title, in the Liebherr 2012 Men’s World Cup in Liverpool. Later he was crowned World Champion at the Qoros 2015 World Championships.
For 28 consecutive months, since March 2015 Ma Long reaches nr 1 position in the World Ranking. Photo by Remy Gros
Following his Rio OG Gold he was awarded the 2016 CCTV (Chinese National Television) Best Male Sports Personality award.
Still, with an injury earlier in 2017 during the Chinese Team selection process Ma Long had to wait for the coaches to select him for the 2017 Liebherr World Championships.
In Dusseldorf, Ma Long repeated the success experienced in 2015.. this time with the most dramatic final ever..
Like a fairy tale, his 2012 Olympic disappointment turned into an opportunity..
Following the huge success at the World Championships Ma Long graduated from Shanghai University. Is it the case to ask: Do athletes make better students?
World Champion Ma Long graduates from Shanghai University