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The Agony And The Ecstasy Of The World Table Tennis Championship

Intensity, thy name is ping pong. Here are some weirdly compelling photos of the world's premiere table tennis tournament, currently under way in Dortmund, Germany.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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Japan's Seiya Kishikawa.
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Japan's Seiya Kishikawa.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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Japan's Maharu Yoshimura.
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Japan's Maharu Yoshimura.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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Sweden's Par Gerell.
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Sweden's Par Gerell.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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Sweden's Joergen Persson.
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Sweden's Joergen Persson.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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Germany's Kristin Silbereisen.
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Germany's Kristin Silbereisen.

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Japan's Hiroko Fujii.
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Japan's Hiroko Fujii.

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Japan's Jun Mizutani.
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Japan's Jun Mizutani.

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The Czech Republic's Petr Korbel.
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The Czech Republic's Petr Korbel.

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Germany's Patrick Baum.
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Germany's Patrick Baum.

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Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov.
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Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov.

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China's Li Xiaoxia.
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China's Li Xiaoxia.

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China's Li Xiaoxia.
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China's Li Xiaoxia.

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Japan's Ai Fukuhara.
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Japan's Ai Fukuhara.

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China's Li Xiaoxia.
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China's Li Xiaoxia.

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Japan's Sayaka Hirano.
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Japan's Sayaka Hirano.

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China's Lin Ma.
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China's Lin Ma.

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Japan's Sayaka Hirano.
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Japan's Sayaka Hirano.

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Japan's Sayaka Hirano.
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Japan's Sayaka Hirano.

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China's Lin Ma.
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China's Lin Ma.

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Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa.
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Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa.

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China's Lin Ma.
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China's Lin Ma.

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Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa.
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Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa.

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The Czech Republic's Iveta Vacenovska.
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The Czech Republic's Iveta Vacenovska.

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Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa.
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Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa.

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South Korea's Ha Jung Seok.
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South Korea's Ha Jung Seok.

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Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa.
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Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa.

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China's Wang Hao.
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China's Wang Hao.

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China's Xu Xin.
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China's Xu Xin.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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China's Wang Hao.
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China's Wang Hao.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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China's Xu Xin.
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China's Xu Xin.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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China's Xu Xin.
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China's Xu Xin.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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Singapore's Gao Ning.
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Singapore's Gao Ning.

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Germany's Timo Boll.
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Germany's Timo Boll.

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Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov.
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Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov.

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Sweden's Jorgen Persson.
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Sweden's Jorgen Persson.