Men’s table tennis team world championship Bronze achievement: Lin envisions Olympic ticket as just the beginning

By Lyon Chiang

In the recent ITTF World Championships in Busan Korea, the Taiwanese team achieved a historic milestone by defeating last year’s European champions, Sweden, and the world’s second-ranked team, Germany. They only fell to the French team in the semifinals, matching their best-ever finish.

Lin Yun-Ju played the most matches for the team, participating in 11 games and contributing 9 wins. Despite losses to Japanese star Tomokazu Harimoto and French star F. Lebrun, Lin emerged as a key player in Taiwan’s medal quest.

Lin expressed that each match was exceptionally challenging. The quarterfinal against Germany was pivotal, with Chuang Chih-Yuan securing a crucial victory in the first match. Lin himself, trailing 0-2 against Ovtcharov, believed in his abilities and fought back point by point to level the game.

Lin Yun-ju playing table tennis

All five members of the Taiwanese men’s team got personal congrats from Hsu Fu Chi, and the Chairman, Dong Rui-Bin, personally greeted them at the airport, urging them to continue their success at the upcoming Paris Olympics. After a brief rest upon returning home, the team will resume preparations for the WTT Singapore Grand Smash starting on March 7th.

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