Defending champions China claimed a record 20th world championship title after downing seven times champions Japan 3-0 in the men's finals of the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championship (WTTC) at the Malawati Stadium here tonight.
Japan, making their 13th appearance in the men's finals and their sixth attempt to rewrite history to claim the title by defeating China for the first time ever, were dashed again by China.
This is China's eighth consecutive victory for the men in the championship.
Earlier, China's women's team had routed Japan by the same margin in the final to also clinch their 20th title..
In the men's action, world number three Xu Xin gave the advantage to China by defeating Jun Mizutani 11-6, 11-8 and 11-8, before world number one, Ma Long extended his winning streak in world team championships to 21, by defeating Maharu Yoshimura 11-3, 11-8 and 11-6.
Ma Long who last lost to Germany's Timo Boll in the 2010 Moscow edition final and has not dropped a single game since. In total, he had played 29 matches with only the one loss since his debut at the world meet in 2008.
After that, 2012 London Olympics gold medallist Zhang Jike, come from behind to defeat Yuya Shima 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 and 11-7 to secure the Swaythling Cup witnessed by some 10,000 Chinese fans brought by the main sponsor of the tournament, Perfect China Company.
"I can win all the matches because of the trust the team members have in me, even if I did not win, my teammates will surely win," Ma Long said.
Meanwhile, Jike, who was named after Brazilian footballer Zico by his football enthusiast father, said: "I am very happy to play in the World Championship in front our fans in Malaysia.
"I would like to thank our perfect fans for this perfect win in a perfect tournament and hope that the China team will always will be perfect," the grand slam winner, a title earned winning the Olympics, 2011 and 2013 World Championship as well as 2011 and 2014 World Cup singles winner, said.
Meanwhile, South Korea and England had to settle for the bronze medal after both teams lost to China and Japan respectively in the semifinals yesterday.
The prizes for the winners were presented by Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai; Table Tennis Association of Malaysia (TTAM) president, Perfect China chairman, Tan Sri Koo Yuen Kim and International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) president Thomas Weikert.
A total of 99 countries, comprising 81 women's teams and 91 men's teams are vying for the world title and ranking in four different divisions, namely championships, second, third and fourth division battles in the weeklong tournament hosted by the Table Tennis Association of Malaysia (TTAM).