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Ding Song

World-class Athlete, King of Choppers, SJTU Head Coach

         The seemly lengthy six-year study period at SJTU from undergraduate to postgraduate is actually so fleeting. For me, a former professional athlete and now a student, the six and a half years study is a big challenge. Fortunately, at SJTU my teachers are all patient and teach students in accordance with their aptitude, which helps me to achieve a successful transition from an athlete to a student.
On the occasion of gradation, I would like to express my gratitude to SJTU faculty and students who have offered me advice and help. From knowledge, people can receive life-long benefits. Especially in the postgraduate stage, a leap in the process of personal growth, we harvest wisdom, rationality and maturity. I’ve cherished the opportunity to study at SJTU and been proud of this study experience.
Meanwhile, I’m fortunate to stay at SJTU as coach for its men’s table tennis team. Though I have graduated with a Master Degree, I will maintain the mentality to live and learn and be well qualified for the teaching job.

About Him

Ding Song
Postgraduate of Department of Physical Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Born in 1971, Shanghai, Ding Song is a former male Chinese table tennis player and known as the “King of Choppers” in China due to his eccentric “modern defensive” style.

In the men’s team final of the World Table Tennis Championships in 1995, he defeated Peter Karlsson, secured China’s final victory and made a name for himself. He retired from the Chinese team after the 1997 WTTC due to his aging physical performance, but in recent years a video of him playing against Timo Boll is spread widely around the internet, in which he flawlessly returns Timo Boll’s offensive smashes by chopping them, the rally lasting a full 49 hits.

After playing in German leagues for a few years, Ding Song returned to China in 2003 and played in the China Table Tennis Super League till 2007. He also entered Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2006, majoring in human resource management and in June 2009 he received a bachelor’s degree and started working at SJTU as the head coach of the university’s men’s team. (From Wikipedia) In 2010, he led SJTU team to win six gold metals in the Table Tennis of Shanghai Games. He served as head coach of China’s men’s team in Universiade 2011 Shenzhen and the team swept all seven gold medals.

In March 2012, he obtained a master’s degree of Physical Education and Sport Training from SJTU.