Ma Long is the No. 1 table tennis player in the world, as recognized by the International Table Tennis Federation.
The 26-year-old won the Qoros 2015 World Table Tennis Championship on Sunday, cementing his place in the international rankings and making him officially better than your friend who had a table in his basement.
Long’s championship didn’t come without a challenge, however. The final match of the tournament pitted him against fellow Chinese player Fang Bo (ranked No. 8), and a clash of the titans ensued.
One particular moment stood above the rest of Long and Bo's unearthly displays of coordination: a vicious, whole-ham spank-off in the fifth game of the match.
Forehand, backhand, cross-table—any way you liked it.
For 15 seconds, Long and Bo traded volleys no one anywhere has any business touching, much less returning accurately. The International Table Tennis Federation uploaded footage of the exchange (h/t For The Win’s Luke Kerr-Dineen), calling it the “Table Tennis Point of the Century.”
The video is a poignant reminder of the feats the human body is capable of after years of painstaking devotion to a single discipline. The life's work of two men combined to paint this masterpiece, and it’s a shame only one could come out on top (Bo took the point, Long won the match).
It’s also a reminder that sometimes you go to drink and miss the straw. Really brings you back to Earth.
Dan is on Twitter. He’s just happy if he can get some top spin on his serve.