Jun Mizutani

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Jun Mizutani
Jun Mizutani (2017)
Olympicbronze singles (2016), silver team (2016)
World Championshipsbronze with the team (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014), silver (2016), singles quarterfinal (2011, 2015)

Jun Mizutani (Japanese: 军谜语/ 他你Mizutani Jun; born June 9, 1989 in Iwata, Shizuoka[1]) is a table tennis player from Japan. At the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro he won bronze in the singles[2] and silver with the team. He's to today (2017) the best male Japanese table tennis player. At the World Cup Mizutani reached four times the 4th place. He is lefthanded-player and plays since the season (2017/2018) at the club Fakel Gazprom Orenburg in Russia.

Career[change | change source]

In 2004 he played for the first time international. At the Youth-World Championships he reached the goldmedal in the doubles while he lost in the singles in the Round of the last 16. At the Youth- World Junior Circuit in Poland Mizutani lost to Maharu Yoshimura, so he reached the Quarterfinal. 2005 he took part in his first World Championships for adults, but he doesn't won a medal. Good for him was the reaching of the Round of 32 in the singles. Because of that, he climbs in the world rankings from place 800 to 720. In that year he could win the World Junior Circuit. At these Youth- WTTC (2005) he won silver over a strong play against Chen Qi. With the team he reached moreover gold and bronze in the doubles. At his first Pro Tour tournaments he reached the Round of 32. The Asian Championships, where he played too, were very succesful, he reached no medal, but this was his best position ever and he climbs from place 600-520. The year 2006 wasn't bad for Mizutani: At the WTTTC 2006 in Bremen he reached the 14th place together with the Japanese team. At some Pro Tour events he reached the Quarterfinal.

2007 he took part in the WTTC, where Jun reached the Round of the last 32 in the singles again, in the doubles he turned with the reaching of the Quarterfinals in the doubles a new record. At the Asian Championships he won silver together with the team, in the doubles was it bronze while he reached in the singles the Round of the last 16. At the Asian Cup he won bronze. 2008 he won for the first time with the team bronze, at the Taiwan Open he won bronze. At the Asian Cup Mizutani played successful to, he reached the 4th place. 2009 began good for Mizutani: At the World Team Cup in Linz the Japanese team reached the 5th place, at the World Cup, where Jun was nominated for the first time he reached place 9-12.

At the World Championships 2009 in Yokohama, Japan he won bronze in the doubles. In the singles and mixed-category he reached the Rounf of 16. In that year he won his first medals on the Pro Tour: Gold at the Korea Open, Bronze at the Japan Open and Silver at the Qatar Open. In that year he came to rank number 50. 2010 he took part in the World Cup for the second time, where he reached the semifinals. Here he played against Zhang Jike, where he lost really scanty 3:4 after a 3:1 leading. In the 3rd place match he must bend to Timo Boll. So he became the 4th place. At the WTTC Jun reached the 3rd place with the team again. At the Pro Tour Grand Finals he won his first goldmedal. At the Japan, China and Korea Open he won each time gold. At the Asian Games he reached the 3rd place.

2011 he reached the 4th place at the World Cup again, after losing to Timo Boll. At the WTTC he doesn't got a medal but reached his best position at WTTC, the Quarterfinal. In that year he only reached the Round of 16 at the Pro Tour Grand Finals. In that year he came to place 20 in the world rankings. 2012 he was nominated from his country (Japan) to play at the Olympic Games, where Jun reached the Quarterfinal together with the team, in the singles he came under the last 16, after losing to Wang Hao. With the team he won silver at the Asian Championships again, in thr singles Jun reached the Quarterfinal. At the WTTTC he won bronze.

2013 Jun lost really surprised in the 1st round. In the soubles he could won bronze one more time. At the World Team Cup the Japanese team won bronze. At the Asian Championships he won once again silver with the team, in the singles was it the Quarterfinal.

In 2014 Jun Mizutani one for the second time gold at the Pro Tour Grand Finals after beating Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the final.[3] With the team he won for the third time after 2008 bronze, at the German Open Jun lost to Dimitrij Ovtcharov. At the Asian Cup he reached the 3rd place. 2015 he was nominated for the WTTC, where Jun came for the second time to his best position (Quarterfinal). There he lost to Zhang Jike who won bronze later. The 3rd place at the Asian Cup was himself for the second time. At the World Cup he reached for the fourth time after 2010 the fourth place. In that year he came to place 9 in the world rankings.

2016 he won for the first time silver at the WTTTC, in the final they lost to China. In the World Cup he doesn't participated that year, but won gold at the Polish, Slovanian and Kuwait Open. Also Jun played very strong at the Olympic Games in 2016, he won bronze in the singles and silver with the team. Because of that performance, he came to place 5 in the world rankings.

At the Asian Cup 2017 in Dubai he reached the 5th place. At the World Cup he lost in the Quarterfinal. At the WTTC he lost, too. That time to Tomokazu Harimto. In the doubles he won bronze again.

2018 the Japanese team lost in the Quarterfinals to Sweden[4] at the WTTC but Jun won bronze at the Japan Open. Since the saison 2017/2018 he plays in the Russian club Fakel Gazprom Orenburg.

Important successes[change | change source]

WTTC (World Championships)[change | change source]

  • 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014- bronze with the team
  • 2016- silver with the team
  • 2011, 2015- Quarterfinal in the singles
  • 2018- Quarterfinal with the team

Olympic Games[change | change source]

  • 2016- bronze in the singles
  • 2016- silver with the team
  • 2012- Quarterfinal with the team

Pro Tour Grand Finals[change | change source]

  • 2010, 2014- gold in the singles
  • 2015, 2016- Round of 16 in the singles

World Cup[change | change source]

  • 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015- 4th place
  • 2009- 5th place with the team

References[change | change source]

  1. Reichert, Rene. "TT-Action.de!!! Tischtennis in Bewegung - Video Portal". tt-action.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  2. "Jun Mizutani holt Bronze in Rio - Altmeister Samsonov geht leer aus | TT-Spin Tischtennis Blog". TT-Spin Tischtennis Blog (in German). 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  3. Official ITTF Channel (2014-12-14), 2014 World Tour Grand Finals Highlights: Jun Mizutani Vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov (FINAL), retrieved 2018-06-10
  4. [www.mytischtennis.de "DTTB-Team im Halbfinale! Aus für Japan! Schweden im Rausch"] Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2018-06-10.