Japan won three of the five titles at stake on the final day of the World Table Tennis Championships at Munich, West Germany, yesterday (Sunday).
Japan won three of the five titles at stake on the final day of the World Table Tennis Championships at Munich, West Germany, yesterday (Sunday). Defeats earlier in the singles events of Japan's defending champions Nobuhiko Hasegawa and Sachiko Morisawa, were compensated for by the final victories of Shiteo Ito and Toshiko Kowada.
Miss Kowada's women's singles title win against the 24 year old East German office worker Gabriele Geissler was earned fairly easily. After virtually throwing away the first set when leading 19-16, the 21 year old Japanese girl from Nagoya hit her way into form to win comfortably 20-22, 21-14, 21-17, 21-8.
Mr. Ito, a 24 year old Senshu University student, had to battle hard for his Men's Singles title, however. He dropped the two opening sets before beating West German Champion Eberhardt Schoeller 19-21, 16-21, 21-19, 21-15, 21-15.
Japan's other victory today came in the all Japanese Mixed Doubles final. With their success in the Swalthling Cup Men's Team Competition, these wins gave Japan an overall tally of four titles, two less than their record in the 1965 Stockholm Championships.