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World Youth Table Tennis Championships 2021

2021 ITTF World Youth Championships has finished. Here is the recap of the event by coach EmRatThich. I focus a lot on developing the young players in table tennis. So I read some news about the development of the young players. In France, the player I have followed is Felix Lebrun. In China, the player I love to watch is Xiang Peng.

Events info

The Cadet and Junior World Championships took place from December 2 to 8, 2021 in Portugal (Vila Nova de Gaia). This competition took place immediately after the Senior World Championships in Houston (USA).

The annual table tennis contests for young men will continue for the 18th consecutive year in 2021 with the ITTF World Youth Championships. The event was split into two divisions this year as a result of the International Table Tennis Federation’s reform: juniors under 19 (U19) and cadets under 15 (U15) (U15). The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) will organize the tournament in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, from December 2 to 8, 2021.

Dates 2–8 December 2021
Organisateur ITTF
Venue Pavilhão Desportivo Municipal de Gaia
Location Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Here are the event results from ITTF.

 

The best players in the ITTF World Youth Championships

The Europeans continued their incredible run in team events during the individual portion of the Championships, adding three additional medals to their overall medal tally. The 2021 World Youth Championships in Vila Nova De Gaia are wonderful. The Mixed Doubles medals have already been awarded to Poland, France, Romania, and Germany’s competitors.

Samuel KULCZYCKI and Prithika PAVADE won bronze in the Under 19 Mixed Doubles Event after losing their semifinal match to China’s Xiang Peng and KUAI Man. Hiroto SHINOZUKA and Miyuu KIHARA of Japan were defeated in the final by Chinese pairs.

The Japanese team of Sora MATSUSHIMA and Miwa HARIMOTO defeated Romania’s Iulian CHIRITA and Bianca MEI ROSU 3:1 in the finals of the Under 15 Mixed Doubles Event. In the semifinals, the Japanese teams defeated Poland’s Milosz REDZIMSKI and Germany’s Mia GRIESEL.



ITTF world youth championship
ITTF world youth championship

In the Under 19 Boyes Doubles, Darius MOVILEANU and Eduard IONESCU of Romania were beaten to bronze by the Hungarian and Croatian combo.

Ilia KONIUKHOV and Roman VINOGRADOV are lost to Sora MATSUSHIMA of Japan and Felix LEBRUN of France in the final of the Under 15 Boys Doubles competition. This time around, Russia’s pair overcame Romania’s Iulian CHIRITA and Dragos Alexandru BUJUR in the semi-final.

Japan has a very strong youth players
Japan has very strong youth players

Mia GRIESEL and Annett KAUFMANN of Germany face off against Hana GODA and Miwa HARIMORO of Egypt in the final of the Under 15 Girls Doubles Event in Cairo, Egypt. Ukrainian Veronika MATIUNINA paired up with Suhana SAINI of India and Anna HURSEY and Matilde PINTO of Portugal to win bronze medals.

China is still the strongest nation

On Wednesday 8th December, the 2021 ITTF World Youth Championships in Vila Nova de Gaia came to a close, with China’s Xiang Peng and Kuai Man proving important to the team’s victory at the beginning of the tournament.

They won the singles titles for the under 19 boys and under 19 girls.

Xiang Peng, winner in 2019, again in 2021
Xiang Peng, winner in 2019, again in 2021

On the other hand, Xiang Peng, who won the boys’ singles title in Korat two years ago, became the first player to win the title in the same age category for the second time.

China has now won the boys’ singles gold medal 11 times.

Payas Jain and Suhana Saini became the first Indian players to win medals at the competition, which was first held in Santiago in 2003, in a significant breakthrough.

Success for Kuai Man means she became the 15th Chinese player to win the girls’ singles title
Success for Kuai Man means she became the 15th Chinese player to win the girls’ singles title

China and Japan had only previously met in the final of the girls’ singles in Bratislava in 2010. Zhu Yuling defeated Kasumi Ishikawa on that occasion as well.

Europe is just behind China and Japan

Seven medals were won by Europe in the team event for both boys and girls. A gold medal for Russia’s Under 15 team was followed by two silver medals for the country’s Under 19 Boys and Under 15 Girls teams. Bronze medals were awarded to Portugal and France in the Under 15 Boys’ Event, Germany in the Under 19 Boys’ Event, and Romania in the Under 19 Girls’.

Silver for Hana Goda
Silver for Hana Goda

My deception is that the German star Kay Stumper lost badly to the Chinese player 0-4. He can do a little bit better. Kay Stumper is ranked #1 on the Youth World Ranking.

French junior player’s performance

Since I’m a coach in France. So watching the French junior players is my hobby. French has a very good training system for young players at Nantes, and at INSEP.

Félix LEBRUN wins a Gold medal in U15 doubles. He was playing with the Japanese player MATSUSHIMA Sora. Félix LEBRUN won a second medal, Bronze this time, in the U15 boys’ singles.

Prithika PAVADE wins a Bronze medal in U19 mixed doubles. She was playing with Polish player KULCZYCKI Samuel.

The last Bronze medal was obtained in U15 by boys teams. Well done to COTON Flavien, NOIRAULT Antoine, and LAM Nathan who made up the team!

Playing systems of ITTF competition

Team Events will be played on a knockout basis. Matches will be played as best of 5 singles matches (A v X, B v Y, C v Z, A v Y, B v X). The draw will be conducted according to the ITTF Regulations for knockout competitions. All singles matches in the team Events will be the best of five games.

Singles events will be played on a knockout basis. Matches will be the best of 7 games. The draw will be conducted according to the ITTF Regulations for knockout competitions.

Doubles Events will be played on a knockout basis. Matches will be the best of 5 games. The draw will be conducted according to the ITTF Regulations for knockout competitions. Pairs composed of players from different Member Associations will be drawn as MIX and not separated.

Mixed Doubles Events will be played on a knockout basis. Matches will be the best of 5 games. The draw will be conducted according to the ITTF Regulations for knockout competitions. Pairs composed of players from different Member Associations will be drawn as MIX and not separated.



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