Tomokazu Harimoto Sets New Record With Grand Finals Win

(Photo: ITTF)

Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto became the youngest ever Men’s Singles champion at the 2018 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, beating China’s Lin Gaoyuan at the final hurdle aged just 15 years and 172 days old at the time!

The previous record was set by former Chinese player Wang Hao, who won the trophy one day prior to his 20th birthday in 2003 – an impressive feat but one that has now been completely blown out of the picture by the Japanese teenager.

Needing just five games to see off Germany’s Patrick Franziska and South Korea’s Jang Woojin in the opening two rounds, Tomokazu Harimoto then produced a wonderful display to eliminate Brazil’s Hugo Calderano at the penultimate stage of the competition.

As for his counterpart in the final, Lin Gaoyuan was responsible for knocking out Lee Sangsu, Xu Xin and Jun Mizutani to go one round further than he had managed at the 2017 edition of the Grand Finals.

Apart from the opening game of the match the gold medal contest actually proved to be a close affair with the next four games being decided by no more than a two point margin but in the end there was a clear winner with destiny on Tomokazu Harimoto’s side (11-4, 13-15, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9).

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