February 16, 1988 |
Qingdao, Shandong, China
|Playing style||Right-handed, shakehand grip|
|Highest ranking||1 (June 2012)|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
Zhang Jike (simplified Chinese: 张继科; traditional Chinese: 張繼科; pinyin: Zhāng Jìkē; born 16 February 1988) is a Chinese table tennis player. He was named after the Brazilian soccer player Zico.
Zhang Jike is the reigning World and Olympic champion in singles. When he won the Olympic gold medal in singles, he became the fourth male player in the history of table tennis to achieve a career grand slam. The others are Jan-Ove Waldner (in 1992), Liu Guoliang (in 1999) and Kong Linghui (in 2000). Zhang, however, is the only one of the four who have been the reigning champion in all three competitions simultaneously. As he won consecutively first in WTTC 2011, then World Cup 2011, and then London Olympics 2012, he won the grand slam in only 445 days after his first major title, being the fastest player ever to do so.
Equipment and playing style
Zhang Jike is a Butterfly sponsored athlete. He uses a Butterfly viscaria fl for his blade, a Butterfly Tenergy 64 on his backhand (red), and National DHS Hurricane 3 NEO blue sponge rubber on his forehand (black).
Although there is a Butterfly blade named after him, the Zhang Jike, he has yet to use it in competition.
Zhang Jike is a two-winged shakehand attacker, using a combination of quick topspin drive attacks, counters, and loops. He is primarily a speed-oriented player, using the harder blue sponge H3 for maximum drive. He stays very low to the ground and is exceptionally quick on his feet. He uses a backhand favored grip and does not change his grip for forehand shots. Among all the Chinese National team players, he is known for having the best backhand technique.
Singles (as of December 6, 2011)
- Olympic Games: Winner (2012).
- World Championships: Winner (2011, 13).
- Men's World Cup: Winner (2011); Runner-up (2010).
- Pro Tour Winner (6): China Open, Suzhou (2010); German Open (2011); Korean Open (2012), Slovenian Open (2012), Kuwait Open (2013). Runner-up (3): Qatar Open (2010); China Open, Suzhou (2011); Austrian Open (2011).
- Pro Tour Grand Finals: Runner-up (2011); SF (2009).
- Asian Championships: Runner-up (2009, 12).
- Asian Cup: Winner (2010).
- World Championships: Semi-final (2009, 11).
- Pro Tour winner (6): Kuwait Open 2010; Slovenian, English, UAE, German, China (Suzhou) Open 2011.
Runner-up (7): Kuwait, Qatar Open 2008; China (Suzhou) Open 2009; German Open 2010; Qatar, China (Shenzen), Austrian Open 2011.
- Pro Tour Grand Finals: winner (2011).
- Asian Games: winner (2010).
- World Championships: Runner-up (2009).
- Asian Games: QF (2010).
- Asian Championships: Runner-up (2009).
- List of table tennis players
- China at the 2012 Summer Olympics#Table tennis
- Table tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's singles
- Table tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's team
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