Dimitrij Ovtcharov

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Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Дмитро Овчаров
Dimitrij Ovtcharov - Ko Lai Chak 2008.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Germany
Residence Düsseldorf, Germany
Hamelin, Germany
Born (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 28)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Playing style Right-handed, shakehand grip
Highest ranking 4 (April 2014)[1]
Current ranking 5 (August 2016)
Club GAZPROM Fakel Orenburg
Height 1.86 m (6.1 ft)[3]
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)[3]

Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Russian: Дмитрий Овчаров) or Dmytro Ovtcharov (Ukrainian: Дмитро Овчаров; born 2 September 1988) is a Ukrainian-born German table tennis player.[3] His father Mikhail (himself national level table tennis player, and USSR National champion in 1982) has moved his family to Germany shortly after Dimitrij was born.

As of August 2016, he is ranked the number 5 player in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).[1]


At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Ovtcharov won the silver medal as part of the German men's team, together with Timo Boll and Christian Süß.[4][5]

He used a special technique in his serves, which was later picked by TIME as one of the top 50 innovations of 2008.[6]

On 22 September 2010 Ovtcharov had been suspended by the German Table Tennis Federation (DTTB) due to a positive A-sample test for Clenbuterol that may be used as performance-enhancing substance.[7] Ovtcharov himself denied the doping accusation and requested a B-sample analysis which still tested positive.[8][9] After hearings and further investigations, the hair sample voluntarily offered by Ovtcharov showed no evidence of clenbuterol and its abuse. DTTB later unanimously decided to abolish the suspension on 15 October 2010.[10] The decision was endorsed by ITTF.[11]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics Ovcharov was part of the German table tennis team and he won bronze medals in singles and team events respectively.

In June 2015, he competed in the inaugural European Games, for Germany in table tennis, more specifically, Men's singles. He earned a gold medal.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, as part of the German table tennis team he won the bronze medal defeating South Korea.


Dimitrij Ovtcharov is right-handed and uses the shakehand grip. He is also a DONIC sponsored athlete. His blade is a Donic Ovtcharov Original Senso Carbon with Donic Bluefire M1 Black rubber on forehand and Donic Bluefire M1 Red on backhand.

Career records[edit]

Singles (as of 6 July 2013)[12]

Men's Doubles

  • World Championships: round of 16 (2009).
  • Pro Tour winner (1): 2007 Chinese Taipei Open.
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 1. Record: QF (2007).

Mixed Doubles

  • World Championships: round of 64 (2007).


  • Olympics: 2nd (2008), 3rd (2012).
  • European Games: 4th (2015).
  • World Championships: 2nd (2010, 2012, 2014).
  • World Team Cup: 3rd (2009, 2011).
  • European Championships: 1st (2007–2011,2013) 2nd (2014,2015).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ITTF world ranking". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  2. ^ "European Champions League". European Table Tennis Union. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d "OVTCHAROV Dimitrij". Players' Biographies. International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  4. ^ Guériau, Hubert; Marius Widmer (August 18, 2008). "Chinese Players Merciless with German Challengers". ITTF News. International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Olympic results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  6. ^ "The new ping-pong serve". TIME. October 29, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  7. ^ "Dimitrij OVTCHAROV suspended because of positive doping test". European Table Tennis Union (ETTU). September 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  8. ^ Miletic, Alex (September 23, 2010). "Dima interviewed by ZDF: "The worst day in whole my life"". ETTU. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  9. ^ Hinz, Simone (September 30, 2010). "Positive B sample doping test for Dimitrij OVTCHAROV". ETTU. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  10. ^ "OVTCHAROV's suspension is over: "Huge stone fell from my heart"". ETTU. October 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  11. ^ Marshall, Ian (October 15, 2010). "Good News for Ovtcharov". ITTF. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  12. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2011-02-26.