La Vegas-based Bacoleño table tennis champion Johnard Baldonado recently topped the United States Table Tennis Association (USATT) ranking for full-time hardbat players against sponge.
Baldonado had 2,245 points followed by Franz-Josef Huermann (2,232), Steve Berger (2,230), Noel Huerman (2,133) and Ty Hoff (2110) – completing the Top 5.
The Filipino paddler, who moved to the US in 2008, placed the Philippines in the headlines after winning the Hardbat Championships U.S. Table Tennis title in 2010 and later represented the United States in the World Championship of Ping Pong in London three years ago.
Baldonado, a former 4th Congressional District table tennis coordinator and Chief Administrative Officer of the Bacolod Christian College of Negros, said that in spite of being inactive for the past two years, he was able to make it to the top.
“Right now, I’m preparing for the 19th World Veteran Championship Table Tennis Tournament this June,” he said. The event will be staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This event, governed by the International Table Tennis Federation, is the largest table tennis tournament in the world which has recorded the most number of participants at 4,600 paddlers during the 2016 WVC held in Spain.
This year, around 5,000 players from 82 countries are expected to participate.*
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