A 766-shot table-tennis rally takes 10 minutes (video)
A 766-shot table-tennis rally, believed to be the longest ever, was a highlight of a tournament in Qatar this week.
Rio Olympian Li Jie of the Netherlands and Hitomi Sato of Japan played for 10 minutes, 13 seconds, neither wanting to attack, before the point was cut short (mercifully) by another ball bouncing near the table.
An expedite rule, forcing a point to end within 13 shots by the player returning serve, was then enforced to speed up play. Li ended up winning in the maximum seven games.
Li and Sato were playing at the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour’s Qatar Open.