Gao Ning

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Nationality  Singapore
Born (1982-10-11) 11 October 1982 (age 31)[1]
Hebei, China
Playing style Right-handed, shakehand grip
Highest ranking 9 (April 2008)[2]
Club Chartres ASTT
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb; 12.8 st)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Gao (Chinese: ) .

Gao Ning (simplified Chinese: 高宁; traditional Chinese: 高寧; pinyin: Gāo Níng; born 11 October 1982 in Hebei, China) is a male Table Tennis player from Singapore.[1] He is considered Singapore's best male player with a world ranking of 19 as of December, 2012.[2] He was first in men's singles at the 2007 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships.[3]

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.

Career records[edit]

Singles (as of July 6, 2013)[4]

Men's Doubles

  • World Championships: QF (2009).
  • 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).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2012); SF (2013).

Mixed Doubles

  • World Championships: round of 16 (2009, 2011).

Team

  • Olympics: 5th (2012).
  • World Championships: 8th (2012).
  • Commonwealth Games: winner (2010).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ITTF player's profile". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  2. ^ a b "ITTF world ranking". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  3. ^ Acharya, Mahesh. "Gold for Gao Ning but Nigerians Prevent Singaporean Clean Sweep in Jaipur". Accessed 5 September 2008.
  4. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Olympic results". http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-08-20.