Kjell Johansson (table tennis)

Kjell Johansson ( born October 5, 1946 in Eskilstuna, † 24 October, 2011 Eksjö ) was a Swedish table tennis player and was in the 1960s and 1970s, to the best table tennis players in the world.


Kjell Johansson was in 1964 in Malmö in London in 1966 and European champion in men's singles and later three times world champion in the men's doubles ( in Stockholm in 1967 and in Munich in 1969 with Hans alser / 1973 in Sarajevo with Stellan Bengtsson ). Six times he won the European Championship with the Swedish team. Six times he was Swedish champion in men's singles. Between 1961 and 1977 he played 240 times in the Swedish national team. In 1965 he was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal -. After the World Cup in 1977 Johansson ended his career.

His extremely hard, uncompromising forehand shot called jokingly " Thor's Hammer".

Together with his brother Christer Johansson, he played in the 1967 World Cup in the Swedish team.


  • Participation in World Table Tennis Championships 1967 in Stockholm 1st doubles (with Hans alser )
  • 3rd place with men's team
  • 2nd single ( behind Hsi En -Ting )
  • 1st doubles (with Stellan Bengtsson )
  • 1st place with men's team
  • 3rd place double
  • 3rd place individual
  • 2nd place doubles (with Hans alser )
  • 1st place with men's team
  • 3rd place individual
  • 2nd place doubles (with Hans alser )
  • 1st place with men's team
  • 2nd place doubles (with Stellan Bengtsson )

Results from the ITTF database


From the Swedish post two postage stamps were issued on 11 April 1967 which mapped to Kjell Johansson is ( Michel catalog No. 578-579 ).


  • Olaf Brockmann: The DTS conversation with Kjell Johansson - One must be able only tortured ..., magazine DTS, 1977/10 edition South -West, p.12