Liu Guoliang

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Liu Guoliang
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Personal information
Full nameLiu Guoliang
Nickname(s)Legend Liu
Born (1976-01-10) January 10, 1976 (age 43)
Xinxiang, Henan, China

Liu Guoliang (simplified Chinese: 刘国梁; traditional Chinese: 劉國梁; pinyin: Liú Guóliáng; born January 10, 1976) is a retired Chinese table tennis player who has won all titles at major world tournaments including World Championships, World Cup and Olympic Games. The second man to achieve a career grand slam of 3 majors (Olympic Gold, World Cup, World Championships). He is considered by many to be one of the greatest players and coaches of all time. He has also played with Kong Linghui in the doubles.


Liu Guoliang was born in Xinxiang, Henan. He was appointed as the head coach of the China's National Men's Team at the age of 27. He has retired after the 2001 season. He is currently the head coach of the Chinese Men's National Table Tennis Team and has coached them to a team gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in addition to the medal sweep by Ma Lin, Wang Hao, and Wang Liqin.

On December 1, 2018, Liu was elected as president of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, replacing Cai Zhenhua.[1][2]


His playing style is based on the use of short pimple-out rubber and he uses a penholder grip. He is the forerunner of the backhand reverse topspin. His blade is Stiga Clipper, his forehand rubber is Stiga Clippa and his reverse backhand rubber is Stiga Mendo Energy.


Liu Guoliang's older brother, Liu Guodong, was the head coach of the Indonesia table tennis national team.[3]


  1. ^ "Legend Liu elected new president of table tennis association". China Daily. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ 刘国梁接替蔡振华当选乒协主席,网友:实至名归,众望所归 [Liu Guoliang succeed Cai Zhenhua as new president of the Chinese Table Tennis Association]. Sohu (in Chinese). 2018-12-01.
  3. ^ "Table Tennis Day 3 Review: Singapore enters final to face unstoppable China". Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympia. August 15, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2008-08-16.

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Sporting positions
Cai Zhenhua
President of the Chinese Table Tennis Association