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 Post subject: RIP Johnny Leach
PostPosted: 06 Jun 2014, 13:10 
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Sad to read about the passing of Johnny Leach, who I believe was the last living world table tennis champion from the hardbat era. He won the world championship twice and, yes, he was a chopper.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Johnny Leach
PostPosted: 06 Jun 2014, 20:05 
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Sad indeed...I'm sure most people in table tennis would have heard of him at some stage... he was quite a legend. :( :( :(

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Johnny Leach
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Article on him here...
http://tabletennisengland.co.uk/ezine/e ... d-champion

Mentions that he trained 8 hours a day and hurt his back from playing on concrete floors.

I hadn't heard if him but it's nice that he's remembered on the OOAK.


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 Post subject: Re: RIP Johnny Leach
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What a lovely article by Ian Marshall on the ITTF website.

England has lost its greatest player. His record proves that. What a shame the Second World War probably prevented him from winning even more titles.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Johnny Leach
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Another video of him (thanks JimT):


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 Post subject: Re: RIP Johnny Leach
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I actually read his book. Found it in the County Library. I think it was the one that had a hardbat section and a sponge section for learning the strokes.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Johnny Leach
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I played with a Johnny Leach bat as a junior!

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