Tomokazu Harimoto

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Tomokazu Harimoto (Japanese: 哈日魔头偷摸卡与; Chinese: 觉得等个; pinyin: Harimōto Tomōkazu; born 27 June 2003 in Sendai[1]) is a male Japanese table tennis player with Chinese origin. In Japan he is the best player in his vintage and is a monster in the table tennis scene, because he beat Timo Boll and very strong other players.

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NicknamesTomo
ClubsJapan TTC
Characteristics
Team membersJapan
Typeattacker
World ChampionshipsQuarterfinal (2017), Team (2018)

Career[change | change source]

Harimoto started to play table tennis with two years- that time at home at a kitchen table. In 2014 he came to the third round at the Japanese National Championships. At the Japan Open he began to play international. He was on position 826 in the world. At the Safir Open 2015 in Örebro he beat two top-100-players and came under the top 100 in the world.[2] So he was the youngest player ever that came to the main round. At the Polish Open he met Ma Long and lost 0:4 to him. 2016 he took part in the Youth-World Championships, where he won gold in the singles and with the team, too. So Harimoto came under the top 60 in the world. At the Slovenian Open Tomokazu was the youngest player again, who reached the Quarterfinals in the singles. Also he won the Japan Open in the singles and became so youngest player ever who wins a World Tour event.[2] In the U-18 world ranking system he became number one. One year later he reached the final again but lost to Dimitrij Ovtcharov. At the World Championships he was the youngest player who reached the Quarterfinals at a WTTC, in the world rankings for adults he became place 20. At the Czech Open he won his first World Tour event- in the final he beat the German table tennis star Timo Boll and got another record. 2018 he beat Jun Mizutani (his teammate) and won so the Japanese National Championships for the first time. After participation at the WTTTC 2018, he came to the top 10.

Results[3][change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

  • Czech Open: 2017 Gold
  • Youth- WTTC: Gold 2016
  • Japan Open: Gold 2016
  • Japanese National Championships: Gold 2018
  • World Championships: Quarterfinals 2017

Team[change | change source]

  • World Championships: Quarterfinals 2018
  • World Team Cup: Silver 2018
  • Youth- WTTC: Gold 2016

Results from the ITTF-databank[change | change source]

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Association Competition Year City Country Singles Doubles Mixed Team
JPN Asian Cup 2018 Yokohama JPN 5th place
JPN Youth-WTTC 2016 Kapstadt RSA Gold Silver Gold
JPN World Championships 2017 Düsseldorf GER Quarterfinals
JPN World Championships 2018 Halmstad SWE Quarterfinals
JPN Asian Championships 2017 Wuxi CHN last 32 Semifinals
JPN World Tour Grand Finals 2017 Astana KAZ Quarterfinals Quarterfinals
JPN World Tour (Japan Open) 2016 Tokio JPN Qual. Gold

Family and Chinese origin[change | change source]

Harimotos parents were table tennis players from China. In 1998 they came to Japan and worked there as table tennis coaches. Harimoto came 2003 in Japan under the name Zhang Zhihe to the world. But he does have the Japanese citizenship he got the name Tomokazu Harimoto.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Harimoto Tomokazu - Google Search". www.google.de. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Meilensteine: Tomokazu Harimotos Weg in die Top 10". Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Harimoto, Tomokazu". www.tischtennis-infos.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-20.