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China's Fan Zhendong and Wang Chuqing won the men's doubles title at the World Table Tennis Championships, beating South Korea's Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon in the final.

DURBAN, South Africa, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Fan Zhendong and Wang Chuqin helped China reclaim the men's doubles title after overcoming South Korea's Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon in straight games at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) Finals here on Saturday.

Facing last edition's runners-up, who had fallen to Sweden's Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson two years ago in Houston, the Chinese pair emerged victorious 13-11, 11-6, 11-5 in the title showdown.

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Despite a 6-9 deficit, Fan and Wang held their nerve to snatch four points in a row and win an intense first game.

The Chinese paddlers didn't encounter much resistance from their opponents in the next two games on their way to victory.

Wang said the first game was key to their win. "We managed to come through adversity. It was a spectacular final, and I'm happy to win the title," he said.

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Fan expressed his gratitude to the fans. "The atmosphere inside the venue was electric, and it pushed us to perform at our best," said the world singles No. 1.

Lee Sang-su and Cho Dae-seong of South Korea and the German duo of Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Patrick Franziska shared the bronze medal.

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