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China's Zhang Jike (C) reacts among family members after defeating his compatriot Wang Hao in the men's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. The 52nd edition of the World Table Tennis Championships gathers 829 athletes from 162 countries and runs from May 13 to May 20. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

China's Zhang Jike (C) reacts among family members after defeating his compatriot Wang Hao in the men's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. The 52nd edition of the World Table Tennis Championships gathers 829 athletes from 162 countries and runs from May 13 to May 20. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Yu Mengyu (L) and Feng Tianwei of Singapore stand on podium after being awarded with the bronze medals of the women's doubles semifinals at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Yu Mengyu (L) and Feng Tianwei of Singapore stand on podium after being awarded with the bronze medals of the women's doubles semifinals at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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China's Zhang Jike poses with the trophy and the gold medal he won after the men's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. Zhang Jike defeated his compatriot Wang Hao. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

China's Zhang Jike poses with the trophy and the gold medal he won after the men's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. Zhang Jike defeated his compatriot Wang Hao. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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China's flags are lifted up during the podium ceremony of men's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. China's Zhang Jike won the title by defeating his compatriot Wang Hao. China's Xu Xin and Ma Long captured the bronze medals. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

China's flags are lifted up during the podium ceremony of men's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. China's Zhang Jike won the title by defeating his compatriot Wang Hao. China's Xu Xin and Ma Long captured the bronze medals. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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China's Zhang Jike (R) returns the ball during his men's singles final against Wang Hao at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

China's Zhang Jike (R) returns the ball during his men's singles final against Wang Hao at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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China's Zhang Jike returns the ball during his men's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

China's Zhang Jike returns the ball during his men's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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China's Liu Shiwen (C) and Ding Ning (L) return the ball as they face compatriots Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yue in their women's doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

China's Liu Shiwen (C) and Ding Ning (L) return the ball as they face compatriots Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yue in their women's doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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China's Li Xiaoxia (L) and Guo Yue (R) react after defeating compatriots Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning in their women's doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

China's Li Xiaoxia (L) and Guo Yue (R) react after defeating compatriots Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning in their women's doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Chen Chien-An (C) and Chuang Chih-Yuan (R) of Taiwan return a shot to Hao Shuai (L) and Ma Lin of China in their men's doubles final match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 19, 2013. The Taiwanese pair won the title. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Chen Chien-An (C) and Chuang Chih-Yuan (R) of Taiwan return a shot to Hao Shuai (L) and Ma Lin of China in their men's doubles final match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 19, 2013. The Taiwanese pair won the title. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Li Xiaoxia of China kisses her trophy after her victory over compatriot Liu Shiwen in their women's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Li Xiaoxia of China kisses her trophy after her victory over compatriot Liu Shiwen in their women's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Li Xiaoxia of China (L) serves to compatriot Liu Shiwen in their women's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Li Xiaoxia of China (L) serves to compatriot Liu Shiwen in their women's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Li Xiaoxia of China reacts after her victory over compatriot Liu Shiwen in their women's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Li Xiaoxia of China reacts after her victory over compatriot Liu Shiwen in their women's singles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Robert Gardos of Austria returns the ball to Zhang Jike of China in their men's singles fourth round match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Robert Gardos of Austria returns the ball to Zhang Jike of China in their men's singles fourth round match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Timo Boll of Germany reacts after defeating Seiya Kishikawa of Japan in their men's singles fourth round match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Timo Boll of Germany reacts after defeating Seiya Kishikawa of Japan in their men's singles fourth round match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Liu Shiwen of China returns a shot to compatriot Zhu Yuling in their women's singles semifinals match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Liu Shiwen of China returns a shot to compatriot Zhu Yuling in their women's singles semifinals match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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South Korean pair Lee Sangsu (R) and Park Youngsook face North Korean pair Kim Jong and Kim Hyok Bong (not pictured) in the mixed doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

South Korean pair Lee Sangsu (R) and Park Youngsook face North Korean pair Kim Jong and Kim Hyok Bong (not pictured) in the mixed doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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North Korea's Kim Jong (L) and Kim Hyok Bong pose with their trophy after winning their mixed doubles final against South Korean pair Lee Sangsu and Park Youngsook at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

North Korea's Kim Jong (L) and Kim Hyok Bong pose with their trophy after winning their mixed doubles final against South Korean pair Lee Sangsu and Park Youngsook at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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North Korean pair Kim Jong (L) and Kim Hyok Bong play against South Korean pair Lee Sangsu and Park Youngsook (not pictured) in the mixed doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

North Korean pair Kim Jong (L) and Kim Hyok Bong play against South Korean pair Lee Sangsu and Park Youngsook (not pictured) in the mixed doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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South Korean pair Park Youngsook (2nd L) and Lee Sangsu (L) and North Korean pair Kim Jong and Kim Hyok Bong (R) react after their mixed doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

South Korean pair Park Youngsook (2nd L) and Lee Sangsu (L) and North Korean pair Kim Jong and Kim Hyok Bong (R) react after their mixed doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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North Korea's Kim Jong (L) and Kim Hyok Bong react after winning the mixed doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. The North Korean pair defeated the South Korean pair Lee Sangsu and Park Youngsook. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

North Korea's Kim Jong (L) and Kim Hyok Bong react after winning the mixed doubles final at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 18, 2013. The North Korean pair defeated the South Korean pair Lee Sangsu and Park Youngsook. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Kazuhiro Chan (L) and Kenji Matsudaira of Japan play against Chen Chien-An and Chuang Chih-Yuan of Taiwan in their men's doubles quarterfinals match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Kazuhiro Chan (L) and Kenji Matsudaira of Japan play against Chen Chien-An and Chuang Chih-Yuan of Taiwan in their men's doubles quarterfinals match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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A Japanese supporter attends the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

A Japanese supporter attends the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Chen Chien-An (L) and Chuang Chih-Yuan of Taiwan react after defeating Kazuhiro Chan and Kenji Matsudairaa of Japan in their men's doubles quarterfinals match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Chen Chien-An (L) and Chuang Chih-Yuan of Taiwan react after defeating Kazuhiro Chan and Kenji Matsudairaa of Japan in their men's doubles quarterfinals match at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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China's Xu Xin (L) signs autographs after his victory over Steffen Mengel of Germany in their men's singles opening round at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

China's Xu Xin (L) signs autographs after his victory over Steffen Mengel of Germany in their men's singles opening round at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Pavel Sirucek of Czech Republic reacts after defeating Japan's Jun Mizutani in their men's singles opening round at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Pavel Sirucek of Czech Republic reacts after defeating Japan's Jun Mizutani in their men's singles opening round at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Park Seonghye of South Korea plays against Japan's Ai Fukuhara in their women's singles opening round at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Park Seonghye of South Korea plays against Japan's Ai Fukuhara in their women's singles opening round at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Japan's Ai Fukuhara (R) reacts after losing to Park Seonghye of South Korea in their women's singles opening round at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Japan's Ai Fukuhara (R) reacts after losing to Park Seonghye of South Korea in their women's singles opening round at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Iran's Mahjobeh Omrani (R) and Neda Shahsavari (L) serve to Prachi Jha and Erica Wu of the U.S. during their women's double qualifying rounds at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Iran's Mahjobeh Omrani (R) and Neda Shahsavari (L) serve to Prachi Jha and Erica Wu of the U.S. during their women's double qualifying rounds at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Paris May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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