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Table Tennis In The Guinnes World Record Book! (Videos)

Table Tennis in the Guinnes World Record Book! (VIDEOS)
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Did you know that Table Tennis is in the Guinnes World Record Book? Yes, our, sometimes understimated, sport has its name on the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. 

Althought it can look very easy, all people who have ever played table tennis know how challenging can be to play it. An evidence of that is the table tennis records, which can be found on the Guinnes World Record Book. 

The web page of Uberpong has listed all the world records related to Table Tennis, which are 16, but the most known is: Most Table Tennis counter hits in one minute. This record belongs to Japan's Mima Ito, twice vice-World Cadet champion, and youtuber Tacshow Arai who made 180 counter hits in one minute at the Kojimachi NTV Studio in Tokyo, Japan, on 13 November 2011. They broke the record set by Ai Fukuhara in 2001 of 173 counter hits at the studios of Japan Guinness World Records show.  

Mima Ito and Tacshow Arai practicing before breaking the Guinnes World Record in 2011 Video kindly shared by Tachshow Case

Ai Fukuhara's Guinness World Record in 2001 Video kindly shared by AmazingVideoz

However, not all table tennis records are related to the game itself: Other are related to table tennis statistic or only used the ball and bats, which are the most creative.  

2). LARGEST TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT

The largest table tennis tournament was achieved by 2,048 participants in an event organized by the Baiyun Sports Bureau (China) in Guangzhou, China, on 31 March 2013.

3). MOST CONSECUTIVE OPPONENTS IN A TABLE TENNIS RALLY

The most consecutive opponents in a table tennis rally is 108 and was achieved by Stephen Gertsen and the Ipswich & District Table Tennis League (all UK) in Ipswich, UK, on 18 March 2012. Stephen Gertsen is the current ETTA Eastern Region coach and former Welsh International.

4). MOST PARTICIPANTS IN A TABLE TENNIS RALLY

The most people participating in a table tennis rally is 106 and was achieved by The English Ping Pong Association (UK) in London, UK, on 20 November 2011.

5). LONGEST MARATHON PLAYING TABLE TENNIS – SINGLES

The longest table tennis marathon singles match is 132 hr 31 min by Danny Price and Randy Nunes (both USA) at Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA on 20-26 August 1978.

6). LONGEST MARATHON PLAYING TABLE TENNIS – DOUBLES

The longest table tennis doubles marathon is 101 hr 1 min 11 sec by Lance, Phil, and Mark Warren and Bill Weir (all USA) at Sacramento, California, USA on 9-13 April 1979.

7). LONGEST TABLE TENNIS RALLY

Although we thought Max Fergus and Luke Logan of Stoughton, Wisconsin had broken this record, the official longest table tennis rally was played by Brian and Steve Seibel (USA) for 8 hr 15 min 1 sec at the Christown YMCA, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on 14 August 2004.

8). LONGEST EGG TABLE TENNIS RALLY

The longest egg table tennis rally consisted of 14 touches of a raw egg and was achieved by Ashrita Furman and Bipin Larkin (both USA) at the Sri Chinmoy Centre in New York City, New York, USA, on 12 January 2010. The rally lasted 36.57 seconds.

9). GREATEST DISTANCE TO SPIT A TABLE TENNIS BALL

The table tennis ball spitting – greatest distance is 12.83 metres (42.1 feet) was achieved by Ashrita Furman (USA), at Anakena Beach in Easter Island, Chile, on 29 January, 2010. Achieved on Anakena Beach

10). TABLE TENNIS BAT AND BALL CONTROL – DURATION

The longest control of a table tennis ball with a table tennis bat is 4 hours, 39 minutes, 52 seconds and was achieved by Deepak Sharma Bajagain (Nepal) at the National Sports Council’s Covered Hall in Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal, on 1 December 2009. The record was achieved in one of Mr. Bajagain’s three record attempts in his “World Record Hat Trick” in observance of World AIDS Day 2009.

11). LARGEST TABLE TENNIS RACKET

The largest Table tennis racket measures (8.83 ft) tall, has a diameter of (5.83 ft) and its handle is (3.46 ft) tall. It was created by Todd Thomas (USA) and was presented and measured at the DFW Table Tennis Club in Irving, Texas, USA, on 3 May 2010. The racket is (2.75 in) thick at the blade and (21 in) thick at the handle. There are a total of 4,682 pips on both sides. It is constructed from wood and rubber, just like a regular racket.

12). OLDEST TABLE TENNIS PLAYER

The oldest table tennis player is Dorothy de Low (Australia, b. 5 October 1910) who was 97 years 232 days when she represented Australia at the XIV World Veterans Table Tennis Championships, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 25 May 2008. Dorothy, or Dot as she is known to friends has previously represented Australia in numerous World Veterans Championships. She won the gold medal at the 1992 championship in Dublin in the Over 80s Women’s Singles category.

Video kindly shared by NewsonABC

13). MOST WII PLAY TABLE TENNIS VOLLEYS

The record for the most volleys in a game of Wii Play Table Tennis is held by Kevin Connor (USA) who fired of 285 consecutive return shots on 16 July 2009.

14). MOST SPITS AND CATCHES OF FOUR TABLE TENNIS BALLS WITH THE MOUTH

The most consecutive spits and catches of four table tennis balls with the mouth is 33 and was achieved by Francisco Tebar Honrubia (Spain), aka Picasso Jr, on the set of TV Asahi Tokyo, in Tokyo, Japan, on 2 March 2011. At the same performance session, Picaso Jr. also set a record by flashing three ping-pong balls with his mouth 76 times.

15). MOST SPITS AND CATCHES OF THREE TABLE TENNIS BALLS WITH THE MOUTH

The most consecutive spits and catches of three table tennis balls is 76 and was achieved by Francisco Tebar Honrubia (Spain), aka Picaso Jr., on the set of TV Asahi Tokyo, in Tokyo, Japan, on 2 March 2011. At the same performance session, Picaso Jr. also set a record by flashing four ping-pong balls with his mouth 33 times.

Video kindly shared by AmazingVideoz

16). MOST SPITS AND CATCHES OF TWO TABLE TENNIS BALLS WITH THE MOUTH

The most times to spit and catch two ping pong balls with the mouth is 212 and was achieved by Mark Angelo at the Rubber City Jugglers weekly meeting in Akron, Ohio in September, 2012. Angelo broke the record of China's Jiang Guoying of 180 spit and catch ping pong balls set in 2009. (Source: tabletennisnation.com)

Video kindly shared by Mark Angelo

Photo and info. source: Guinness World Record's facebook page  and uberpong.com / Guinness World Record 

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