Kaii Yoshida

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Kaii Yoshida (Japanese: 吉田 海偉; Chinese: 宋海伟; pinyin: Song Haiwei) (born 16 May 1981) is a Chinese-Japanese table tennis player who is ranked among the top fifty athletes in his sport.

Kaii started playing table tennis at the age of 7 in the Hebei Institute of Physical Education under Coach Liu Wenqing. He is a right handed pen hold grip player. Unlike the China player Wang Hao, he uses only one side of his racket. Kaii was spotted by a Japanese Coach in 1997. He moved to Japan and commenced his international career in competitive table tennis after completing 3 years of tertiary education and 2 years of university education. In 2004 he became a Japanese citizen.

As a singles player, Kaii was ranked 21st in the world as of July 2010[1] His highest ranking was in June 2010, when he was 20th. He won his 1st Men’s Singles title in the 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Serbian Open. More recently, he achieved a 3rd position in the 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Chile Open. Kaii is also a key player for Men's Team and Doubles, and Mixed Doubles events. Together with his team, he managed to achieve 2nd position in the 2007 ASIAN Table Tennis Championships in Yangzhou, China. In addition, they clinched third position in the 2008 World Table Tennis Team Championships in Guangdong, China.

Achievements[edit]

Event Medal Date Competition
2004
Men's Doubles Silver 3 July 2004 ITTF Pro Tour US Open
Chicago, Illinois, USA
2005
Men's Team Bronze 2005 ASIAN Table Tennis Championships
Jeju-do, South Korea
Mixed Doubles Bronze 2005 ASIAN Table Tennis Championships
Jeju-do, South Korea
2006
Men’s Doubles[2] Bronze 24 June 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Brazilian Open
São Paulo, Brazil
Men's Singles[3] Gold 22 October 2006 ITTF Pro Tour Serbian Open
Belgrade, Serbia
2007
Men's Team[4] Bronze 23 September 2007 ASIAN Table Tennis Championships
Yangzhou, China
2008
Men's Team[5] Bronze 1 March 2008 Evergrande Real Estate 2008 World Team Table Tennis Championships
Guangzhou, China
Men's Singles[6] Bronze 27 April 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Chile Open
Santiago, Chile
2009
Men's Singles[7] Bronze 14 June 2009 ITTF Pro Tour Japan Open
Wakayama, Japan
Men's Team[8] Silver 19 November 2009 ASIAN Table Tennis Championships
Lucknow, India
Men's Team[9] Silver 6 December 2009 East Asian Games
Santiago, Chile
2010
Men's Team[10] Bronze 30 May 2010 LIEBHERR 2010 World Team Table Tennis Championships
Moscow, Russia

References[edit]

  1. ^ July World Ranking, International Table Tennis Federation, 2010-07-01, retrieved 2010-07-10 .
  2. ^ Ian Marshall (2006-06-24), Crowd Favourites, Tiago Apolónia and João Monteiro, Progress to Men’s Doubles Final, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 2009-03-28 .
  3. ^ Ian Marshall (2006-10-22), Power Prevails as Kaii Yoshida is Crowned Men’s Singles Champion in Belgrade, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 2009-03-28 .
  4. ^ Ian Marshall (2007-09-20), Korea Reaches Men's Team Final as Ryu Seung Min Leads by Example, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 2009-03-28 .
  5. ^ Ian Marshall (2008-03-01), Title Retained by China as Brave Japanese Run Ends with Creditable Silver, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 2009-03-28 .
  6. ^ Ian Marshall (2008-04-27), Cool Korean Outs Genial Japanese to Reach Men’s Singles Final, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 2010-07-10 .
  7. ^ Ian Marshall (2009-06-13), Statistical Upsets but Reality Suggests Otherwise, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 2010-07-10 .
  8. ^ Ian Marshall (2009-11-19), China Performs the Great Escape as Jun Mizutani Suffers Agonies in Lucknow, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 2010-07-10 .
  9. ^ Ian Marshall (2009-12-07), Table Tennis Results, East Asian Games Official Website, retrieved 2010-07-10 .
  10. ^ Ian Marshall (2010-05-29), Breathtaking Performance Steers China Inexorably to Men’s Team Final, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 2009-03-28 .