80-year-old table tennis champion


>>>HI, EVERYBODY. DAVE CALABRO. EAST SIDE TABLE TENNIS CENTER. THIS SPORT IS AMAZING. ESPECIALLY WITH THIS GUY. HE KNOWS HIS GAME INSIDE AND OUT.
>>I LIKE THE COMPETITION. IT’S GOOD EXERCISE. IT’S A GAME WHERE IT TAKES SKILL, STAMINA, BRAIN POWER, STRATEGY AND YOU CAN KEEP PLAYING. I JUST HAVE FUN.>>Reporter: RICHARD HICKS IS PRETTY GOOD AT TABLE TENNIS. HE KEEPS HIS SON ON THE RUN.>>I PLAYED REAL TABLE TENNIS STARTING ABOUT WHEN I WAS 19, YEAH.>>Reporter: RICHARD BECAME SO GOOD AT THE GAME, HE STARTED COMPETING AND WINNING. WINNING A LOT. HE HAS OVER 70 NATIONAL TITLES.>>YOU GOT TO BE PROUD. YOU HAVE TO BE. YOU CAN’T NOT BE IF YOU WON A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT ANY EVENT IN YOUR SPORT. YEAH. SO, I AM.>>Reporter: RICHARD JUST BECAME THE WORLD CHAMPION IN THE 80-YEAR-OLD DIVISION, BEATING OUT 100 OTHER 80-YEAR-OLDS.>>IN THE QUARTER FINALS I BEAT THE JAPANESE NUMBER ONE. SEMI TIMES I BEAT THE GERMAN NUMBER ONE. IN THE FINALS I PLAYED A PERSON THAT WAS — I PLAYED MAYBE SIX OR SEVEN YEARS AGO.>>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. YOU HEARD ME CORRECTLY. HE’S 80 YEARS ORDINARY.>>I DON’T FEEL OLD. I GUARANTEE YOU THE PEOPLE I WAS PLAYING AGAINST DON’T FEEL OLD.>>Reporter: HE MAKES IT LOOK SO EASY. I DECIDED TO STEP ON THE COURT. ♪>>YOU CAN’T GET UP HERE AND GO LIKE THAT.>>Reporter: LET’S SEE IF I CAN WIN ONE POINT. THANKFULLY THE SENIOR CITIZEN TOOK IT EASY ON ME. BAD. I GOT WHOOPED. RICHARD TURNS 81 IN NOVEMBER. HE SAYS HE HAS NO INTENTIONS OF SLOWING DOWN. IN THE MEANTIME, I’LL BE WORKING ON MY GAME GETTING READY FOR THAT CHALLENGE MATCH WITH RICHARD. I HOPE TO BEAT HIM BY THE TIME HE TURNS 82. ON THE EAST SIDE, DAVE CALABRO,

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