Kalinikos Kreanga

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Kalinikos Kreanga
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Kreanga in 2010.
Personal information
Full name Kalinikos Kreanga
Nationality  Romania  Greece
Born (1972-03-08) March 8, 1972 (age 43)
Bistriţa, Romania
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)

Kalinikos Kreanga (born March 8, 1972) is a Greek (formerly Romanian) table tennis player.[1][2] Born as Călin Creangă, he chose to defect from Communist-ruled Romania at the age of 17 (with his father) while he was participating in the European Table Tennis Youth Championships in Luxembourg in 1989.[3]

Born in Bistriţa, Romania, Kreanga started to play table tennis at the age of 7. His first coach was Gheorghe Bozga, who would later discover Mihaela Steff.

While in Luxembourg, he received an offer to play in Greece, so he decided to move there. Being a minor, he quickly acquired Greek citizenship, and changed his name to Kalinikos Kreanga.[3]

He has been one of the dominant European table tennis players since the beginning of the 1990s, and uses the shakehand style to hold the racket. His favorite attack weapons seem to be the topspin forehand loop and a strong backhand shot. His backhand topspin shot is one of the most devastating in the world with unique technique.

Team history[edit]

  • A.C. Zografou (Greece) (until 1995)
  • Finower TTC (1995/96; 2. Bundesliga, Germany)
  • Royal Villette Charleroi, (Belgium), since 1996)
  • TTC Weinheim (2.BL, Germany)
  • TTF Ochsenhausen (Germany)
  • Montpellier TT (France)
  • Hennebont (France)


Bronze medal in the mixed doubles competition at the World Championships, Chiba City, 1991.[4]

Winner of the European Championships in mixed doubles (1992) and men's doubles (1994). Runner-up in men's singles (2002).

Bronze medal in the singles competition at the World Championships, Paris, 2003.[5]

Runner-up at the Men's World Cup in 2003 and 2004.

Winner of the Europe Top-12, 2011.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Biography". ITTF. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Biography of KREANGA Kalinikos". ITTF. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Roxana Maha (8 July 2005). "Creanga a ajuns celebru si bogat din ping-pong". Cotidianul.ro (in Romanian). 
  4. ^ "ITTF Statistics". ITTF. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kalinikos Kreanga, the Irrepressible Greek". TableTennisMaster.com. Retrieved 25 February 2011.