The 2012 Dortmund World Team Championships ended today with the Chinese Teams taking the much coveted Swaythling Cup and Corbillon Cup. What was also remarkable was that both teams achieved their championship titles in an impressive sweep victories.
Since late last year, the Chinese Team has already started with their preparations for the 2012 World Team Championships. With the intense Military Training, Closed Winter Trainings, and their adaptive training in Werner Schlager Academy, the Chinese Team surely came to Dortmund fully prepared.
Indeed, since the first stage of competition, China has already imposed authority in every round they were into and post impressive results. After the last round in the Group Stage, China landed on top of their respective groups and went straight to the quarterfinals.
As for the Chinese Men Team, with the supervision of their head coach Liu Guoliang, they have maintained their strength throughout the main draw, sweeping Austria and South Korea. Today in the finals against Germany, despite the obvious strengths of Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Patrick Baum, along with the pressure from the German crowd, Zhang Jike, Ma Long and Wang Hao withstood all challenges and successfully retained the Swaythling Cup to China with a 3-0 victory.
While the task of the men was to defend, their women counterparts had their ultimate goal of taking the championship title back to China. Two years ago in Moscow, China faced a very memorable defeat against Singapore which has been lingering in the minds of many.
Since then, the Chinese Women Team has put their eyes on taking back the trophy. With the guidance of head coach Shi Zhihao, they have done comprehensive training and preparation for their second encounter in the next World Team Championships.
Two years later in Dortmund, China surpassed every round in the Group Stage unharmed. In the main draw, the team was still in control, defeating Poland and Hong Kong. Eventually, China met their main rivals Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Li Jiawei of Singapore in the finals. In the ultimate hurdle, Ding Ning, Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yue unexpectedly finished the battle in three straight matches, successfully achieving their goal in the competition which was the Corbillon Cup.
With their impressive record in the 2012 World Team Championships, China has once again raised their level of competency and strength, still making it difficult for the other teams to catch up. For the mean time, congratulatory messages go to the Chinese Team!
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