Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Falck were the first European doubles to win gold at a table tennis world championship since 1991.

The Swedes defeated Jang Woojin / Lim Jonghoon (South Korea) 3: 1 (11: 8, 15:13, 11:13, 12:10) in the final in Houston.

30 years ago, Peter Karlsson and Thomas von Scheele, two Swedes, had brought the title to Europe for the last time before an Asian dominance began.

Meanwhile, in the men's singles, Fan Zhendong from China won his first world title.

The world number one defeated Timo Boll's conqueror Truls Möregardh from Sweden with 4: 0 (11: 6, 11: 9, 11: 7, 11: 8).

Defending champion and Olympic champion Ma Long was not at the start.

Chinese women win

For women, the title also went to China.

Wang Manyu prevailed against her doubles partner Sun Yingsha (China) with 4: 2 (11:13, 11: 7, 6:11, 11: 6, 11: 8, 17:15) and won the title for the first time.

The two Chinese women had previously won the women's doubles.

Manyu / Yingsha, who eliminated European champions Petrissa Solja and Shan Xiaona in the round of 16, defeated Hina Hayata / Mima Ito from Japan 3-0 (11: 9, 11: 7, 11: 8).

For the 17th time in a row, the world championship duo came from China.

The two Bundesliga professionals Karlsson (Borussia Düsseldorf) and Falck (Werder Bremen) had eliminated the two Chinese top doubles on the way to the final.

As the best German double, the German champions Benedikt Duda / Dang Qiu (Bergneustadt / Düsseldorf) were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

For the first time since 1989 in Dortmund, when Steffen Fetzner and Jörg Roßkopf won the title against Zoran Kalinic Leszek Kucharski (Yugoslavia / Poland), no Chinese doubles were in the final.

In the other decisions, too, World Cup finals without Chinese participants are rare; the last was in 2003 in the men's singles between Werner Schlager (Austria) and South Korean Joo Sae Hyuk.

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