: Zhuāng Zédòng; Wade-Giles
: Chuang Tsetung) (born 1940) is a Chinese table tennis
player, three-time world men's singles champion
and champion at numerous other table tennis events, a well-known political personality during the tumult of the Cultural Revolution
. His chance meeting with the US table tennis player, Glenn Cowan
, during the 31st World Table Tennis Championship
, later referred to as Ping Pong Diplomacy
, was considered in China to have triggered the thawing of the ice in Sino-American relations
since 1949. Zhuang was once married to the pianist Bao Huiqiao
, and his second wife is the Chinese-born Japanese Sasaki Atsuko
Zhuang was born in 1940 and he joined the Chinese National Table Tennis team as a teenager. His coach was Fu Qifang
. In 1961, at the 26th World Table Tennis Championship, he won his first men's singles championship, and at the next two World Table Tennis Championships, the 27th and 28th in 1963 and 1965 respectively, he again won the men's singles championship.
He also won numerous champion titles at various other regional, national and international table tennis events, and the number of his championship titles exceeds all those won by the other members of the Chinese national team combined. No single player has ever won so many championship titles.
In the fall of 1959, Zhuang Zedong met the pianist,......