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Matti Launonen

Matti Launonen

Finnish paralympic table tennis player
Matti Launonen
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Intro Finnish paralympic table tennis player
Was Athlete Table tennis player Paralympic athlete
From Finland
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 31 May 1944, Kuopio, Finland
Death 23 March 2019, Atlantis, USA (aged 74 years)
Star sign Gemini
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Biography

Matti Launonen (31 May 1944 – 23 March 2019) was a Finnish para table tennis player who competed until his sudden death in 2019. He was one of the first table tennis players to win a world title in the para table tennis championships in Assen, Netherlands and a European title in Salou, Spain.

Launonen was seriously injured aged 18 in a car accident while travelling at more than 80 km/h, the car he was driving had handbrake fault and he couldn't stop the car: the car suddenly turned and rolled around.

He had a fall at his home and suffered a leg injury but died at hospital aged 74 in Florida.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 21 Feb 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://www.kupts.fi/historia/merkittavia-pelaajia/
http://www.sptl.fi/sptl_uudet/?p=16606
http://stats.ipttc.org/en/profiles/484
https://www.ittf.com/2019/03/27/matti-launonen-true-great-para-sport-passes-away/
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