Russia is becoming the Table Top Hockey capitol of the world, in peticular Saint-Pertersburg. Look at some of the statistics for world rankings:
5 out of the top 10 are from Russia & 9 out of the top 20.
Current World Champion Oleg Dmitrichenko, from Saint-Petersburg, is just starting to dominate the tournaments he enters, and is only turning 18 years old. Oleg Dmitrichenko went to Turku, Finland in June and defeated the 2 time world champion Roni Nuttunen in his own back yard, and has since won the X Russian Open Championships #2, St. Petersburg Open 2012 and the Helsinki Open. For the first time ever a player from Russia is the World Champion in the open competition. Oleg Dmitrichenko from Russia won the final with 4-2 in matches against the World Champion from 2007 and 2009 - Roni Nuttunen from Finland. Yanis Galuzo took the bronze medal.
Open Team was won by Russia with silver to Finland and bronze to Latvia.
Maria Yalbacheva (Russia) won ladies championship by beating Maria Saveljeva (Estonia) in the final. Bronze to Minerva Martiskainen (Finland).
Finland won the ladies team competition with silver to Russia and bronze to Latvia.
In the junior competition Max Borisov (Russia) won the final against Oleg Dmitrichenko with bronze to a third player from Russia - Pavel Gorotnitskij.
Russia won junior team in front of Finland and Estonia.
Dmitriy Petrov (Russia) is the new World Champion for veterans while Janne Kokko took the silver medal with bronze to Alexander Kosyrev (Russia).
Veteran team was won by Russia in front of Sweden and Finland.
Left to Right 'Borisov' 'Saulitis' 'Dmitrichenko' 'Galuzo'
It is also necessary to make special mention of the absolute success of national team of Russia which became the world champion for the second time in the team category. This time the team outplayed with 19-3 score the national team of Finland where previous world champion Roni Nuttunen and European champion Ahti Lampi played. Saint-Petersburg players Maxim Borisov (10 points from 10 in the final game against Finland) and Oleg Dmitrichenko (20 points from 20 in series against Latvia and Finland) became real heroes of the game!
Saint-Petersburg players Maxim Borisov, Andrey Voskoboynikov, Pavel Gorodnitskiy, Oleg Dmitrichenko, Igor Masloboev, Vitaly Skorobogatov and Alexey Titov became world champions in different team categories (open, junior, veteran).
Moscow table hockey which set the pitch in Russia for years, won the gold medal in veterans category thanks to the success of Dmitriy Petrov who won Janne Kokko from Finland in the final game.
About 200 table hockey players from 17 countries of the world including Latvia, Sweden, Czech Republic etc. took part in the world championship. In general Russian national team where 9 of 18 players were from Saint-Petersburg won 7 of 8 gold medals!
The success of Saint-Petersburg players became possible thanks to well-tuned strategic policy which is conducted by Table Hockey Federation of Saint-Petersburg for a long time. There are 10 table hockey sections in Saint-Petersburg and also about 100 tournaments per year including Children’s Cup, Saint-Petersburg Masters, Saint-Petersburg Open, team and personal championships of Russia.
International Table Hockey Federation granted Saint-Petersburg the right to be the host of Team World Championship where the best table hockey teams of the world will take part in May 2012.
Table Hockey Federation of St. Petersburg was founded in the year 2000.
Activities FNH St. Petersburg aims to develop table hockey as a sport and as a form of entertainment for children and adults.
- Team World Championships - an important event to be held in May 2012;
- Saint-Petersburg Open - World Tour stage;
- Saint-Petersburg Masters - a unique tournament with big prize for the best players in the world;
- Championship St. Petersburg - determines the best player in St. Petersburg on the results of the season;
- Cup of St. Petersburg - includes all the existing players from St. Petersburg and other cities;
- Team Championship and the Cup of St. Petersburg;
Children's Cup of St. Petersburg, which consists of five stages and takes place twice a year in school. Participants are divided into two age categories: from the 1st to the 5th and 6th to 11th grade. Each season involved 130 students.