Vladimir Samsonov

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Vladimir Samsonov
Uladzimir Samsonau
Mondial Ping - Men's Singles - Round 4 - Kenta Matsudaira-Vladimir Samsonov - 09.jpg
Samsonov at the 2013 World Table Tennis Championships.
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Viktorovich Samsonov;[1] Uladzimir Viktaravich Samsonaŭ
Nationality  Belarus
Born (1976-04-17) April 17, 1976 (age 38)[2]
Minsk, Belarus
Playing style Right-handed, shakehand grip
Equipment(s) Tibhar: blade - Samsonov Force Pro, rubbers - Evolution MX-P
Highest ranking 1[3]
Height 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)

Vladimir Samsonov (Belarusian: Уладзімір Самсонаў/Uladzimir Samsonau) (born April 17, 1976 in Minsk) is a Belarusian professional table tennis player, ranked ninth in the world as of October 2011.[2][4] He is known in China as the "Tai Chi Master" because of his superb all-around (both offensive and defensive) style.

He is known as Mr.ECL (European Champions League) for participating in the tournament for at least 15 years straight and because he currently holds nine (9) ECL winner titles - three with Borussia, five with Charleroi, and two with Fakel Orenburg. He began his European club career when he joined Borussia Düsseldorf in 1994, then seven years later moved to Royal Charleroi in Belgium. In 2008 he moved to Spain to play for Cajagranada, but the things didn't go the way he planned and two years later he decided to join Russian superleague club Fakel Orenburg.

He is famous for being a top-10 player longer than anyone else in official ranking history save for the legend of table tennis Jan-Ove Waldner. He first joined the top-10 in 1996, then climbed to the top position in 1998. He stayed in the top-10 for 15 years until November 2011. He is ranked #10 as of January 2014.[5] He also currently holds the distinction of being the player with most ITTF ProTour gold medals under his belt alongside triple world champion Wang Liqin. Both have 24 ProTour titles.

Career records[edit]

Vladimir Samsonov during final match of Russian premier league (season 2012-13) in Moscow

Singles (as of December 26, 2010)[6]

  • Olympics: QF (1996, 2000).[1]
  • World Championships: runner-up (1997).
  • World Cup appearances: 13.
    winner (1999, 2001, 2009); runner-up (2013) 3rd (1996,1997, 2012).
  • World Tour winner (×25):
    Italian Open 1996; Swedish Open 1997; Croatian Open 1998; Croatian, Japan Open 1999; Croatian Open 2000; German Open 2001; Qatar Open 2003; Brazil Open 2004; Croatian, Russian, German Open 2005; Croatian, Chile Open 2006; Chinese Taipei Open 2007; Slovenian, Kuwait, Belarus Open 2008; Morocco Open 2009; Morocco, Korea, Polish Open 2010; Morocco Open 2011; Belarus, Belgium Open 2014.
    Runner-up (×10):
    Qatar Open 1997; Yugoslavian, German Open 1998; Brazil Open 2000; German Open 2002; Polish Open 2006; Croatian Open 2007; Singapore Open 2008; German Open 2009; Spanish Open 2011.
  • World Tour Grand Finals appearances: 12. Record: winner (1997); runner-up (1996); SF (2008, 2010).
  • European Championships: winner (1998, 2003, 05); runner-up (2007, 2008,2013).
  • Europe Top-12: winner (1998, 99, 2001, 2007); 2nd (1997, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

Men's Doubles

  • Olympics: lost 1st stage (1996, 2000).
  • World Championships: runner-up (1995); SF (1999).
  • World Tour winner (×1): Austrian Open 1997.
    Runner-up (×1): Croatian Open 1999.
  • World Tour Grand Finals appearances: 3.
    Record: runner-up (1996, 1997).
  • European Championships: winner (1998); runner-up (2005); SF (1994,2012).

Mixed Doubles

  • World Championships: round of 16 (1995).
  • European Championships: winner (1996).

Team

  • World Championships: 7th (2010).
  • European Championships: 1st (2003); 2nd (2008, 2010,); 3rd (2013).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Olympic results". http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  2. ^ a b "ITTF player's profile". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  3. ^ "ITTF Museum". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  4. ^ "ITTF world ranking". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  5. ^ World ranking Record for SAMSONOV Vladimir (BLR)
  6. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-12-26.