One of Sweden’s most successful table tennis players, Hans Alsér, was born January 23, 1942. He didn’t win any Team gold medals at the World Championships, but he became World Champion twice. In 1967, together with Kjell Johansson, he took the first Swedish gold medal ever at the World Championships, on home soil appropriately enough, during the event in Stockholm after winning a dramatic final against the Russian players, Anatoli Amelin and Stanislav Gomozkov. 22-20 to the Swedish pair in the fifth and deciding game. The second gold medal was brought home two years later when the reigning champions defended their title in Men’s Doubles in 1969. In the final they defeated Nobuhiko Hasegawa and Tokio Tasaka, Japan. Totally Hans Alsér won eight gold medals at the European Championships. He won four gold medals in Teams, two in Men’s Singles, 1962 and 1970, one in Men’s Doubles and one in Mixed Doubles. Hans Alsér totally played over 200 National Team matches for Sweden, participated in seven World Championsships and European Championships. After his active career he became National Team coach for Germany and for Sweden. Hans Alsér tragically died in an plane crasch in January 1977, just a few days before his 35th birthday.