World records have always had an attraction that has enthralled readers of the Guinness Book of Records and viewers of the videos for many years. So when this is combined with table tennis, the combination is pure perfection. We’ve seen a lot of records around the web so thought we would bring them all together here on the Uberpong blog:
1). MOST TABLE TENNIS COUNTER HITS IN ONE MINUTE
The most table tennis counter hits in one minute is 180, and was achieved by Mima Ito and Tacshow Arai (both Japan). They are achieved their goal on the set of 100 Handsome Men and Beautiful Women, at the Kojimachi NTV studio in Tokyo, Japan, on 13 November 2011.
Mima Ito/Tacshow Arai World Record Rehearsal
The largest table tennis tournament was achieved by 2,048 participants in an event organized by the Baiyun Sports Bureau (China) in Guangzhou, China, on 31 March 2013. Now that’s a lot of ping pong paddles!
3). MOST CONSECUTIVE OPPONENTS IN A TABLE TENNIS RALLY
The most consecutive opponents in a table tennis rally is 108 and was achieved by Stephen Gertsen and the Ipswich & District Table Tennis League (all UK) in Ipswich, UK, on 18 March 2012. Stephen Gertsen is the current ETTA Eastern Region coach and former Welsh International.
4). MOST PARTICIPANTS IN A TABLE TENNIS RALLY
The most people participating in a table tennis rally is 106 and was achieved by The English Ping Pong Association (UK) in London, UK, on 20 November 2011.
5). LONGEST MARATHON PLAYING TABLE TENNIS – SINGLES
The longest table tennis marathon singles match is 132 hr 31 min by Danny Price and Randy Nunes (both USA) at Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA on 20-26 August 1978.
6). LONGEST MARATHON PLAYING TABLE TENNIS – DOUBLES
The longest table tennis doubles marathon is 101 hr 1 min 11 sec by Lance, Phil, and Mark Warren and Bill Weir (all USA) at Sacramento, California, USA on 9-13 April 1979.
7). LONGEST TABLE TENNIS RALLY
Although we thought Max Fergus and Luke Logan of Stoughton, Wisconsin had broken this record, the official longest table tennis rally was played by Brian and Steve Seibel (USA) for 8 hr 15 min 1 sec at the Christown YMCA, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on 14 August 2004.
8). Longest Egg Table Tennis Rally
The longest egg table tennis rally consisted of 14 touches of a raw egg and was achieved by Ashrita Furman and Bipin Larkin (both USA) at the Sri Chinmoy Centre in New York City, New York, USA, on 12 January 2010. The rally lasted 36.57 seconds.
9). GREATEST DISTANCE TO SPIT A TABLE TENNIS BALL
The table tennis ball spitting – greatest distance is 12.83 metres (42.1 feet) was achieved by Ashrita Furman (USA), at Anakena Beach in Easter Island, Chile, on 29 January, 2010. Achieved on Anakena Beach
10). TABLE TENNIS BAT AND BALL CONTROL – DURATION
The longest control of a table tennis ball with a table tennis bat is 4 hours, 39 minutes, 52 seconds and was achieved by Deepak Sharma Bajagain (Nepal) at the National Sports Council’s Covered Hall in Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal, on 1 December 2009. The record was achieved in one of Mr. Bajagain’s three record attempts in his “World Record Hat Trick” in observance of World AIDS Day 2009.
11). LARGEST TABLE TENNIS RACKET
The largest Table tennis racket measures (8.83 ft) tall, has a diameter of (5.83 ft) and its handle is (3.46 ft) tall. It was created by Todd Thomas (USA) and was presented and measured at the DFW Table Tennis Club in Irving, Texas, USA, on 3 May 2010. The racket is (2.75 in) thick at the blade and (21 in) thick at the handle. There are a total of 4,682 pips on both sides. It is constructed from wood and rubber, just like a regular racket.
12). OLDEST TABLE TENNIS PLAYER
The oldest table tennis player is Dorothy de Low (Australia, b. 5 October 1910) who was 97 years 232 days when she represented Australia at the XIV World Veterans Table Tennis Championships, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 25 May 2008. Dorothy, or Dot as she is known to friends has previously represented Australia in numerous World Veterans Championships. She won the gold medal at the 1992 championship in Dublin in the Over 80s Women’s Singles category.
The record for the most volleys in a game of Wii Play Table Tennis is held by Kevin Connor (USA) who fired of 285 consecutive return shots on 16 July 2009.
14). MOST SPITS AND CATCHES OF FOUR TABLE TENNIS BALLS WITH THE MOUTH
The most consecutive spits and catches of four table tennis balls with the mouth is 33 and was achieved by Francisco Tebar Honrubia (Spain), aka Picasso Jr, on the set of TV Asahi Tokyo, in Tokyo, Japan, on 2 March 2011. At the same performance session, Picaso Jr. also set a record by flashing three ping-pong balls with his mouth 76 times.
15). MOST SPITS AND CATCHES OF THREE TABLE TENNIS BALLS WITH THE MOUTH
The most consecutive spits and catches of three table tennis balls is 76 and was achieved by Francisco Tebar Honrubia (Spain), aka Picaso Jr., on the set of TV Asahi Tokyo, in Tokyo, Japan, on 2 March 2011. At the same performance session, Picaso Jr. also set a record by flashing four ping-pong balls with his mouth 33 times.
The most times to spit and catch two ping pong balls with the mouth is 180 and was achieved by Jiang Guoying (China) on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi – Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, on 22 June 2009. Jiang Guoying is part of the Xing Tai Acrobatic Group.