Valentina Popova (table tennis)

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Valentina Popova
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Personal information
Nationality  Soviet Union  Slovakia
Born (1960-11-21)November 21, 1960

Valentina Ivanovna Popova (Russian: Валентина Ивановна Попова) (born 21 November 1960 in Sumgait) is a former Soviet, and then Slovak, international table tennis player.[1]

Table tennis career[edit]

From 1976 to 1994, she won 18 medals at the Table Tennis European Championships.[2] At the European Championships in 1984, she won all four possible gold medals[3] (singles, team (USSR), doubles (with Narine Antonyan), and mixed doubles (with Jacques Secretin), becoming the second ever absolute European women table tennis champion (Zoja Rudnova was the first one to do that in 1970).[citation needed]

She is a multiple USSR National champion - six times in singles, five times in doubles, and three times in mixed doubles.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile". Table Tennis Guide. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  3. ^ Montague, Trevor (2004). A-Z of Sport, pages 699-700. The Bath Press. ISBN 0-316-72645-1.