Kreanga in 2010.
|Full name||Kalinikos Kreanga|
March 8, 1972 |
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)|
Kalinikos Kreanga (born March 8, 1972) is a Greek (formerly Romanian) table tennis player. 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.
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.
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.
- 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)
Winner of the European Championships in mixed doubles (1992) and men's doubles (1994). Runner-up in men's singles (2002).
Runner-up at the Men's World Cup in 2003 and 2004.
Winner of the Europe Top-12, 2011.
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- "ITTF Statistics". ITTF. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- "Kalinikos Kreanga, the Irrepressible Greek". TableTennisMaster.com. Retrieved 25 February 2011.