Panagiotis Gionis

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Panagiotis Gionis
Full name Panagiotis Gionis
Nickname(s) GIO
Nationality  Greece
Born (1980-01-07) January 7, 1980 (age 37)
Athens, Greece
Playing style Shakehand
Highest ranking 18 (November 2014)[1]
Current ranking 20 (July 2017)
Club Borussia Düsseldorf
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb; 13.4 st)

Panagiotis Gionis (born January 7, 1980) is a Greek table tennis player and a dentist. He is a member of the Greek National Team[2] and has competed in 4 Olympics and many World and European Championships. He has been playing professionally in Germany and France since 2001. Currently, he is playing for German club Borussia Düsseldorf.[3] and is being sponsored by TAMASU BUTTERFLY [4]
In May 2011, he qualified directly for the London 2012 Summer Olympics based on his ITTF world ranking.[5] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he lost in the third round to Japan's Seiya Kishikawa. He placed 3rd in the men's single 2013 LIEBHERR European Championships and second in the team event. He is currently ranked 21st in the world and 7th in Europe.[6] In Aug 2014 he was invited to participate in the mixed European team that will compete in Asia vs. Europe All Star Challenge on November 1–2, 2014 in Zhang Jia Gang, China.[7]

In April 2016, he secured his spot at the 2016 Summer Olympics by winning the group final match at the ITTF European Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Halmstad, Sweden.[8] At the 2016 Summer Olympics, he defeated Padasak Tanviriyavechakul of Thailand in the second round. He was defeated by Jun Mizutani of Japan in the third round.[9]

Achievements[edit]

  • Winner Croatia Open Singles 2017
  • 4x Olympic Games Participant (2016 Rio, 2012 London, 2008 Beijing, 2004 Athens)
  • 16x Participant World Championships 1997-2014
  • 15x Participant European Championships 1997-2013
  • Finalist European Championships Team 2013
  • Bronze Medal European Championships Singles 2013
  • Bronze Medal European Champions league (with Angers) 2013
  • Bronze Medal ITTF World Tour, Swedish Open Singles 2013
  • Bronze Medal European Cup Top 16 Singles 2015
  • Round of 16 European Championships Singles 2012
  • Round of 16 European Championships Doubles 2012
  • Finalist ETTU Cup (with Angers) 2012
  • Round of 16 Hungarian Open Singles 2012
  • Winner Pescara Mediterranean Games Singles 2009
  • Round of 16 World Championships Singles 2009
  • Gold medal Belgian Open Championship Singles 2006
  • Winner Luxemburg Open Singles 2006
  • Winner Luxemburg Open Team 2006
  • Bronze Medal Swedish Pro Tour Doubles 2005
  • Silver Medal Polish Open Doubles 2004
  • Silver Medal Belgian Open Championship 2004
  • Bronze Medal Egypt Pro Tour Doubles 2004
  • Winner Bulgarian Open 2003
  • 6th place World Championship Team 1997
  • 1st place in Men’s U21 Balkan Championship Doubles 1996
  • 1st place in U21 European Championship Singles 1996
  • 1st place in U21 Balkan Championship Singles 1996
  • 1st place in U15 Balkan Championship Singles 1992

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ittf.com/ittf_ranking/
  2. ^ http://www.httf.gr
  3. ^ http://www.borussia-duesseldorf.com/englisch/pros/team.html#c1537
  4. ^ http://www.butterfly.tt/info/sponsoring/players/panagiotis-gionis
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  6. ^ http://ittf.com/ittf_ranking/
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  8. ^ "ITTF Articles". www.ittf.com. Archived from the original on 2016-05-07. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  9. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 

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