Richard Bergmann

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Richard Bergmann
Richard Bergmann 1950.jpg
Richard Bergmann in 1950
Personal information
Nationality England  Austria
Born10 April 1919
Vienna, Austria
Died5 April 1970 (aged 50)[1]
London Borough of Wandsworth, UK

Richard Bergmann (10 April 1919 – 5 April 1970) was an Austrian and British international table tennis player. Winner of seven World Championships, including four Singles, one Men's Doubles, two Team's titles and 22 medals in total.[2] He is considered to be one of the greatest players in history, only Viktor Barna has won more World Championship gold medals in singles.

Table tennis career[edit]

The 22 World Championship medals[3] included seven gold medals; two in the men's team, one in the men's doubles at the 1936 World Table Tennis Championships with Viktor Barna and four times in the singles at the 1937, 1939, 1948 and 1950.[4][5]


Bergmann was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1982,[6] and into the International Table Tennis Foundation Hall of Fame in 1993 as one of twelve founding members.[7] Since 1967, the Richard Bergmann Fair Play Trophy is contested at the Liebherr World Championships.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vladimir Samsonov Receives Swaythling Club Fair Play Award in Paris Archived 6 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine. 21 May 2013
  2. ^ "BERGMANN Richard (ENG)". Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Table Tennis World Championship medal winners". Sports123.
  4. ^ Montague, Trevor (2004). A-Z of Sport, pages 699-700. The Bath Press. ISBN 0-316-72645-1.
  5. ^ Matthews/Morrison, Peter/Ian (1987). The Guinness Encyclopaedia of Sports Records and Results, pages 309-312. Guinness Superlatives. ISBN 0-85112-492-5.
  6. ^ "Richard Bergmann". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  7. ^ "ITTF Hall of Fame" (PDF). ITTF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2010.