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Table Hockey World Championships 2011

Oleg Dmitrichenko stole the crown from Roni Nuttunen.
Oleg Dmitrichenko stole the crown from Roni Nuttunen.

Table Hockey World Championships were played in 10th to 12th of June 2011. Oleg Dmitrichenko of Russia was crowned the champion in open individual series. Congratulations!

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The song "Tablehockey Blues" from opening ceremony is now available:

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Introduction

12th Table Hockey World Championships are held in Turku from 10th to 12th of June 2011.

Since first championships in 1989 the sport has grown to a new international level with top players coming from Finland, Latvia, Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.

After a long years of Swedish domination the current world champion is from Finland. Roni Nuttunen is aiming for a third consecutive world championship title at his hometown.

Nuttunen's task will not be easy as 150 top players from almost 20 countries will compete for the title. Be warned though, Nuttunen is getting ready to win. Even as he is now rarely seen in top tournaments, he has not stopped practicing. And the rumours tell that he will be in good form as June comes – or should we say – he will be world champion again. It is up to you to decide, if you are up to the challenge.

Open series challengers are reigning European champion Ahti Lampi from Finland, Russia's Yanis Galuzo and Latvia's Edgars Caics. Three time world champion Hans Österman from Sweden is also always dangerous.

In juniors the title will be open as Lampi has outgrown the series. Gold is going very likely to Russia with two friends from St. Petersburg battling for victory. Oleg Dmitrichenko has more experience, but Maxim Borisov impressed in Swedish Masters.

Maria Yalbacheva of Russia defends ladies title and looks to be light-years ahead of her opponents. It would be a surprise if she doesn't take the title. Turku's own Minerva Martiskainen is going to meet her in finals.

Finland looks for gold again in veterans with Janne Kokko. Host country's favourite won his first Finnish championship 16 years ago in 1995 and was third in World Championships in Helsinki 1997. He is current European champion, but Russians Alexandr Kosyrev and Dmitriy Petrov will do their best to push Kokko out of the finals. Reigning world whampion Pontus Eriksson will not be defending his title.

Who do you think will win? Come and see for yourself in Turku!

Finnish Table Hockey Association welcomes you to the birthplace of Finnish table hockey and home of the best table hockey players in the world!