The first and so far only visit to the Southern Hemisphere by Manfred Kohli from Wissenburg in May 2014 was a very special experience and at the same time a major sporting challenge. Because only he faced the competition in the World Table Tennis Championships. Of course he played chess too, especially on board, as British Airways are known to have an excellent chess programme. With a total of about 45 hours of flight time – the flight back to New Zealand – a welcome change.
Detour to Hong Kong
Rugby is number 1
Not without victory
Thanks to the coach for knowing English
But this was not the end of the Kuhles World Cup. During the tournament, he made friends with two of the only Polish participants in the World Cup, Andrei Troczynski and Krzysztof Piotrovsky. at. Translate German for everyone who doesn’t speak English. Truszcynski, lived in Switzerland, but had a German passport and also competed for Germany. The World Cup status stipulated that doubles in over 40 major tournaments must have English speaking coaches. So the choice fell on Manfred Kohli, who felt very proud about it. He had to take on the coaching job first, but he got better and better. With the duo clearly dominating their first three opponents from India, Australia and Japan, each with a 3-0 win, Wiesenburger found time to note the oncoming competitors early on. He recognized the weaker part of the doubles, whether they were left-handed or right-handed, whether they acted calmly or frantically, or whether they focused more on attacking or defending.
Tips were valuable, but opponents also became more demanding. They were followed by true Olympians from London 2012 from Chile and Argentina. While the Chileans turned out to be fair players, and you could still chat comfortably with them despite their apparent 3-0 defeat, the “gaucho” turned out to be even tougher. But they were also left with 1:3. Now Kuhle was expecting the next Chinese team. Watch the quarter-final match against the Czech Republic. He was amazed, because the tall Czechs put up great resistance, went to their limits and won 3: 2. But success cost strength, which Kuhle’s followers benefited from.
Despite my bad premonitions
Wiesenburger felt like “a brave little tailor – seven in one go”. The seventh opponent came from St. Petersburg. The coach duo of Kuhle was known for their qualities, and they trained together. He went to the table with misgivings. But, despite the impotence and match point ahead of them, the Polish-German “trio” won the semi-finals. In his first coaching activity, Manfred Kohli was in the World Cup Final. The final competitors came from Shanghai, both of whom also competed in the individual finals, in front of 10,000 spectators. Since they both came from the same club, they agreed to save energy. This aroused the discontent of the public and gave preference to European outsiders.
Forced five sentences
Great training tactics at first worked. Truszcynski hit against the “weakest” (the player was, of course, weak in his career): 1-0 to the Europeans. This was followed by a rollercoaster ride of feelings. Compensation, then drive again. The coach’s hands got wet and he was surprised by the dedication of his teammates who imposed the fifth set of decisions. They even led 4-2. “Edge ball, please,” Manfred Kohli thought, but she did not follow. Thus, he lost the lead with a poorer squad and the Europeans lost – and deservedly – 2:3. At 6:11, five little balls were missing at the end for the title.
The joy of success is pure
But after a short mourning, pride reigned in the Vice World Cup, which was then celebrated with six nations. The return run the next day wasn’t so smooth, with flight and train delays, but that didn’t spoil Manfred Kohli’s joy at his greatest sporting success.
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