On March 7th, 1957, 61 years ago, the doors opened for the 3rd World Table Tennis Championships held in Sweden.
No Swedish medals, and in fact, no Swedish successes at the tables, but it became a huge success if you count the spectators during the nine days in Kungliga Tennishallen.
Japan dominated the WTTC and won five out of seven events. They won Swaythling Cup as well as Marcel Corbillon Cup. Men’s Singles final Toshiaki Tanaka won the gold medal against his team mate Ichiro Ogimura. But in the Men’s Doubles final the two finalists in the singles lost to Ivan Andreadis and Ladislav Stipek.
In the Women’s Event the great winner was Fujie Eguchi. She arrived home to Japan with three gold medals, Women’s Team, Singles and Mixed Doubles.
But it was very close that Ann Haydon, who later won Wimbledon in tennis, won the singles title. She lost 21-19 in the fifth.
In Men’s Teams 33 associations showed up and in the Women’s Teams 24 nations competed.
If we look at the Swedish players, 41-year old Tage Flisberg, finalist in Men’s Singles in 1954 won 13 matches and just lost one in the Team Event. He defeated Ogimura but in the Singles Event he lost early.
We could also see that the young 15-year young Hans Alsér played his first WTTC.