Timo Boll crowns himself German champion for the twelfth time at the 86th German National Championships in Berlin. In the final, the 36-year-old beats youngster Kilian Ort in straight games. Benedikt Duda and Dang Qiu become German Champions in doubles.
At the 86th German National Championships held in Berlin this last weekend, Düsseldorfs number one Timo Boll secured his 12th gold medal. On Sunday afternoon, the actual world's number one beat outsider Kilian Ort in straigt games. Ort, who prevailed against Ruwen Filus (Fulda) and Bastian Steger (Bremen) earlier in the tournament, never got close to winning a game. The silver medal, however, is still a huge achievement for Bad Königshofen's homegrown talent. "If some had told me beforehand that I would win the silver medal, I would not have believed them," Ort said. "But I have been feeling well the last couple of weeks and was in good shape here in Berlin. But Timo is of course on another level."
In doubles, Benedikt Duda (Bergneustadt) and Dang Qiu (Grünwettersbach) ended the winning streak of Ruwen Filus and Ricaro Walther (Grünwettersbach), who won the last two German championships. But this time the reigning champions lost in straigt games. After a clear first game, Filus/Walther came up stronger, but couldn't score the equalizer after a tough fight (13:15). Even a time-out in the third game at 2:5 did not help them.
Overview of the men's finals
Timo Boll – Kilian Ort 4-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5)
Ruwen Filus/Ricardo Walther – Benedikt Duda/Dang Qiu 1-3 (6-11, 13-15, 5-11)
Header photo: ITTF