Ichiro Ogimura

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Ichiro Ogimura
Ichiro Ogimura 1955.jpg
Ichiro Ogimura at the 1955 World Championships
Personal information
Nationality  Japan
Born (1932-06-25)June 25, 1932
Itō, Shizuoka, Japan
Died December 4, 1994(1994-12-04) (aged 62)
Tokyo, Japan
Highest ranking 1 (September 1954)[1]

Ichiro Ogimura (荻村 伊智朗, Ogimura Ichiro, June 25, 1932 – December 4, 1994) was a Japanese international table tennis player.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ogimura's father died when he was two and his mother often worked too late to take care of him.[3] As a teenager, Ogimura practiced table tennis at the hall run by Hisae Uehara in Musashino, Tokyo.[4]

Table tennis career[edit]

He won the All-Japan National Championships and represented Japan at the World Championships.[3] He won 12 world titles[5] at the Championships including men's singles in 1954 and 1956,[6][7][5] together with 5 consecutive titles in the team competitions.[8]

He also won three English Open titles.


After his retirement, Ogimura coached overseas in Sweden, China and USA.[9] He got involved in Japanese Olympic Committee and Japan Table Tennis Association.[2] He became an executive member of the International Table Tennis Federation in 1973 and president in 1987. In 1994, Ogimura died of lung cancer; he was survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.[2] He was inducted into the ITTF Hall of Fame in 1997.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ André Damman. "History of World Rankings" (PDF). ITTF Museum. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Ichiro Ogimura, Table Tennis Champion, 62". The New York Times. December 5, 1994. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Tim Boggan. "Review: 'Ogi: The Life of Ichiro Ogimura'". USA Table Tennis. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  4. ^ Rob Smaal (February 26, 2011). "From table-tennis tyrant to ping-pong diplomat". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Table Tennis World Championship medal winners". Sports123.
  6. ^ Montague, Trevor (2004). A-Z of Sport, pages 699-700. The Bath Press. ISBN 0-316-72645-1.
  7. ^ Matthews/Morrison, Peter/Ian (1987). The Guinness Encyclopaedia of Sports Records and Results, pages 309-312. Guinness Superlatives. ISBN 0-85112-492-5.
  8. ^ "OGIMURA Ichiro (JPN)". ITTF. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  9. ^ "Olympic Review Volume XXV No 1. February–March 1995" (PDF). LA84 Foundation. Olympic Museum Lausanne. p. 76. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  10. ^ "The ITTF Hall of Fame". ITTF. Retrieved April 27, 2011.