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table tennis

"Hammaren" Johansson dies

Published måndag 24 oktober 2011 kl 14.32
Kjell Johansson (right) and Hans Alsér won a gold medal at the World Championships double in 1969. Photo: Jan Collsiöö

One of Sweden's best table tennis players, Kjell Johansson has died. He earned his nickname "Hammaren" or "the hammer" for his strong forehand strike.

Among his 29 championship medals are 3 gold in the world championships double and one gold in team play, and another 10 European Championship gold medals. At his best he was ranked number one in the world, in 1973, but the treasured gold medal in World Championships singles was never to be his. He lost it that year to China's Xi Enting, due to the ball hitting the edge of the table a couple of times and bouncing off.

Kjell Johansson passed away after a short period of illness. He was 65 years old.

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