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10 Table Tennis Champs Staring Directly at Ping Pong Balls

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The 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships are underway in Tokyo and will run through May 5. Apparently all you need to win is intense concentration. You know those clickbait headlines like “I Can’t Stop Staring at [thing/pic]?” I always derided the concept, but the truth is I CAN’T STOP STARING AT THESE AP PICS OF WANNABE PING PONG CHAMPS STARING DIRECTLY AT THE BALL. Absolutely mesmerizing shit. Enjoy this gallery, video below.

Prachi Jha of U.S. serves against Alexandra Privalova of Belarus during their round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Prachi Jha of U.S. serves against Alexandra Privalova of Belarus during their round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Timo Boll of Germany watches the ball during his round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Andrej Gacina of Croatia in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Timo Boll of Germany watches the ball during his round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Andrej Gacina of Croatia in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Britt Eerland of the Netherlands watches the ball during her round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Laura Pfefer of France in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Britt Eerland of the Netherlands watches the ball during her round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Laura Pfefer of France in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Jiang Tianyi of Hong Kong watches the ball during his round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Andrej Gacina of Croatia in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Jiang Tianyi of Hong Kong watches the ball during his round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Andrej Gacina of Croatia in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Adrien Mattenet of France watches the ball during his round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Tiago Apolonia of Portugal in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Adrien Mattenet of France watches the ball during his round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Tiago Apolonia of Portugal in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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Kristin Silbereisen of Germany watches the ball during her round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Renata Strbikova of the Czech Republic in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Kristin Silbereisen of Germany watches the ball during her round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Renata Strbikova of the Czech Republic in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Eva Odorova of Slovakia watches the ball during her round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Katarzyna Grzybowska of Poland in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Eva Odorova of Slovakia watches the ball during her round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Katarzyna Grzybowska of Poland in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Marc Duran, in red jersey, of Spain watches the ball during his round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Kim Nam Choi, left,  of North Korea in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Marc Duran, in red jersey, of Spain watches the ball during his round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Kim Nam Choi, left, of North Korea in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan returns a shot to Cheng I-Ching of Taipei during their round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan returns a shot to Cheng I-Ching of Taipei during their round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Daniel Gorak of Poland watches the ball during their round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Fen Zhendong of China in Tokyo,Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Daniel Gorak of Poland watches the ball during their round robin match of the World Team Table Tennis Championships against Fen Zhendong of China in Tokyo,Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

And now some video, if you want to see the real thing in action:

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