Ma Long of China earned his third consecutive men's title at the ITTF World Championships ©Getty Images

Olympic gold medallist Ma Long of China claimed his third consecutive men's singles title as he beat Sweden's Mattias Falck in the final at the International Table Tennis Federation World Championships in Budapest.

Ma, winner of the singles gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, defeated Falck 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 at the Hungexpo to retain his crown.

Victory gave Ma his second triumph of the event as he earned the men's doubles gold medal alongside team-mate Wang Chuqin yesterday. 

The 30-year-old, a three-time Olympic champion, topped the men's singles podium at the 2015 World Championships in Suzhou before he retained his title in Düsseldorf two years ago.

“I think this is a special celebration for me and I just want to enjoy this moment for now," he said.

"I want thank my Chinese fans and also the foreign fans for their support."

There was further success for China in the women's doubles as Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu battled back from two games down against Japan's Hina Hayata and Mima Ito to win 8-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-3, 12-10 11-8 in a thrilling final.

Today's action concluded the competition, with China having claimed all five gold medals on offer.

The Chinese team will hope to repeat the feat at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.