Timo Boll won bronze singles for the second time in his career at the World Table Tennis Championships in Houston.

The health-stricken 40-year-old lost his semi-final against the 19-year-old Swede Truls Möregardh 3: 4 on Sunday evening (11: 8, 11: 8, 6:11, 8:11, 12:10, 8:11, 5: 11) and thus missed the first-time entry into an individual final at world championships.

The record European champions from Borussia Düsseldorf have been struggling with abdominal muscle complaints since the beginning of this week of the World Cup in the USA.

At the beginning they had hardly affected him at this tournament.

However, before the quarter-finals against 19-year-old American Kanak Jha on Saturday, the pain got worse.

Third place is not played out separately, the losers of the two semi-finals both get a bronze medal.

So far, Boll had only succeeded in doing this at the World Cup in Rotterdam ten years ago.

He was also at the top of the world rankings four times, won eight European Championship titles and already six World Cup medals with the German team.