Table Tennis World Champ Loses Entire Prize Purse for Outrageous Celebration.

Zhang Jike. Image: www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk

Zhang Jike. Image: www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk

ln a bizarre post match celebration World Tale Tennis Champion Zhang Jike destroyed two advertising boards. After hitting the final winner Zhang leapt into the air with joy. He turned from the table and ran over to the nearest sponsor’s board and put his foot through it.

This is not what the sponsors are paying for.

Zhang, the Olympic champion, had just regained the World Cup title from top seed Ma Long. The match in Dusseldorf had been close and tense and hard-fought.

Zhang relinquished his hold on the World Cup three years ago in Paris. Since that time he has been amongst the world’s best, but the prize has always just eluded him.

Zhang told the International Table Tennis Federation’s website, “I am very sorry for what I did. It was not acceptable behaviour and I am sorry. This was a perfect victory. I have been under a great deal of pressure, with people questioning my form.”

Germany’s Timo Boll won the bronze medal, while Ma Long takes home the silver.

For his outburst Zhang was fined $50,000 – his entire winner’s purse.

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