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.
|Born||31 May 1944|
|Died||23 March 2019 (aged 74)|
Atlantis, Florida, United States
|Sport||Para table tennis|
|Disability||Spinal cord injury|
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.
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- "IPTTC Profile - Matti Launonen". International Para Table Tennis Federation. 28 March 2019.
- "Matti Launonen, a true great of para sport, passes away". ittf.com. 27 March 2019.