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Czech Open success sees Tomokazu Harimoto set new record

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There has been a major new record set on the ITTF World Tour, with Tomokazu Harimoto becoming the youngest ever Men’s Singles champion aged just 14 years and 61 days old at the time of achieving the feat.

Competing at the 2017 Czech Open in Olomouc Tomokazu Harimoto was appearing in his second Men’s Singles final of the year, having lost out to Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov a few months back at the 2017 India Open.

Yet again the Japanese teenager met a German opponent in the Men’s Singles final, but this time Harimoto ended the match in celebration following a fine display against Timo Boll (11-3, 4-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9).

“Age doesn’t matter, you must play and fight against everyone!” stated Harimoto. “It was my second World Tour final, first time I lost my chance, this time I won; now at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games I want to win Men’s Singles and Men’s Team gold but I know I must practise hard and fight to gain the glory.”

Tomokazu Harimoto vs Timo Boll – Highlights

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