He won a gold medal as a team member plus silver medals in the men's singles and men's doubles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Gao Ning cried after his singles match defeat to an opponent in the Beijing 2008 Olympics as no coach was available to guide him during the match. His coach was sick before the match. The scene of him in tears was telecast on local TV, causing the head coach of the Singapore table tennis team to lose his job.
Pro Tour winner (5): India, Austrian Open 2007; Chile Open 2008; India Open 2009; Kuwait Open 2012.
Runner-up (10): Russian, German Open 2006; Brazil, Chile, Korea, Chinese Taipei, German, Swedish Open 2007; Polish Open 2008; India Open 2010.
Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 6. Record: winner (2008, 2012); runner-up (2009, 2010).