1991 World Table Tennis Championships

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The 1991 World Table Tennis Championships were held in Chiba from April 24 to May 6, 1991.[1][2]

North Korea and South Korea fielded a unified team under the name Korea (코리아), the first of all Unified Korean sporting teams. The women's Korean team captured the gold medal by topping China, winners of eight consecutive titles since 1975, 3-2 in the final.



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Swaythling Cup
Men's Team
Mikael Appelgren
Peter Karlsson
Erik Lindh
Jörgen Persson
Jan-Ove Waldner
Zoran Kalinić
Ilija Lupulesku
Zoran Primorac
Robert Smrekar
Milan Grman
Tomáš Janči
Petr Javurek
Petr Korbel
Roland Vimi
Corbillon Cup
Women's Team
Unification flag of Korea (pre 2006).svg Korea
Hong Cha-ok
Hyun Jung-hwa
Li Bun-hui
Yu Sun-bok
Chen Zihe
Deng Yaping
Gao Jun
Qiao Hong
Emmanuelle Coubat
Sandrine Derrien
Xiaoming Wang-Dréchou
Agnès Le Lannic


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles Sweden Jörgen Persson Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Unification flag of Korea (pre 2006).svg Kim Taek-Soo
China Ma Wenge
Women's singles China Deng Yaping Unification flag of Korea (pre 2006).svg Li Bun-Hui Hong Kong Chan Tan Lui
China Qiao Hong
Men's doubles Sweden Peter Karlsson
Sweden Thomas von Scheele
China Lü Lin
China Wang Tao
Sweden Erik Lindh
Sweden Jörgen Persson
Soviet Union Andrei Mazunov
Soviet Union Dmitry Mazunov
Women's doubles China Chen Zihe
China Gao Jun
China Deng Yaping
China Qiao Hong
China Ding Yaping
China Li Jun
China Hu Xiaoxin
China Liu Wei
Mixed doubles China Wang Tao
China Liu Wei
China Xie Chaojie
China Chen Zihe
Unification flag of Korea (pre 2006).svg Kim Song-hui
Unification flag of Korea (pre 2006).svg Li Bun-Hui
Greece Kalinikos Kreanga
Romania Otilia Bădescu

Unified team of Korea[edit]

Prior to the competition, North and South Korea discussed the possibility of the first unified football and table tennis teams since Korea's division. On February 1991, they agreed to the creation of the unified table tennis team to compete at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships.[3] According to Chang Ung, International Olympic Committee member from North Korea, the decision took 22 rounds of talks between the Koreas and five months.[4]

The team used "Korea" (Korean hangul: 코리아, McCune–Reischauer: K'oria, Revised Romanization: Koria from its English name. See Names of Korea) as the country name avoiding Hanguk (한국) or Chosŏn (조선). It also used the Korean Unification Flag as the national flag and Arirang as the national anthem.[5] Upon defeating the supposedly "unbeatable" Chinese team, the women's team caused a big sensation in Korea.

A South Korean movie Korea (코리아) ("As one") was released on May 3, 2012 and describes the story of women's team. Hyun Jung-Hwa was portrayed by Ha Ji-won and Li Bun-Hui by Bae Doona.[3][6]


  1. ^ "World Championships Results". ITTF Museum. Archived from the original on 2017-04-24. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ "ITTF Statistics". ittf.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b 사상 최초 남북 단일팀의 통일의 기적 <코리아>, the official blog of the Ministry of Unification, South Korea
  4. ^ "N Korea refuses South's Olympic offer". BBC News. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  5. ^ 탁구 남북 단일팀 우승 20주년..감동 다시 한번! 2011-12-11, Yonhap News TV
  6. ^ 코리아 - Daum 영화 (from Daum's movie portal)

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