World Championship of Ping Pong: Maxim Shmyrev retains crown inside Ally Pally
Last Updated: 06/01/13 10:12pm
Andrew Baggaley: Lost in the last 16 stage at Alexandra Palace
Maxim Shmyrev retained his World Championship of Ping Pong title following a thrilling final victory over Sule Olaleye at Alexandra Palace.
The Russian romped into Sunday night's final without dropping a game before surviving a real scare against Nigeria's world No.6 Olaleye.
Shmyrev eventually came through 11-5 13-15 11-9 9-11 11-8 to retain the title he won in Las Vegas in 2011 and claim the £12,000 first prize.
Speaking afterwards, an emotional Shmyrev told Sky Sports: "It's a great feeling. Thanks to everyone. I devote this victory to a very good friend of mine who died in my arms five days ago."
Olaleye defeated Britain's Chris Doran in the semi-finals to book a final showdown with Shmyrev, who overcame American Ilija Lupulesku in the last four.
Other home players Andrew Rushton, Tony West and Andrew Baggaley all fell at the last 16 stage.