Vladimir Samsonov

Vladimir Samsonov

Vladimir Samsonov (BELARUS)
He was once world number one and has consistently been a world top 15 player since 1995. He holds a record of 26 ITTF World Tour men’s singles titles so far. The Chair of the ITTF Athletes Commission is a real cosmopolitan: He speaks Russian, English, German, Serbian, French and Spanish. His Serbian wife Natascha and their two sons Victor and Ivan live in Spain. His most difficult moment in his sporting-career was losing the bronze medal match at the 2016 Rio Olympics against Jun Mizutani from Japan. “This was probably my last chance to get an Olympic medal, as I don’t know if I will be at Tokyo in 2020,” he stated afterwards.

Facts
World Ranking: 15 (11/17)
Born: 1976
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus (Sovjet Union)
Height: 1,89 m
Weight: 83 kg
Style of play: Right-handed, shakehand, attack

Achievements
Olympic Games

4th place Singles 2016
Quarter-finals Singles 1996/2000

World Championships

Runner-up Singles 1997

World Cup
Winner 1999/2001/2009
Runner-up 2013

European Games
Runner-up Singles 2015

European Championships
Winner Singles 1998/2003/2005
Winner Team 2003
Winner Doubles 1998

Europe Top 12
Winner 1998/1999/2001/2007

Skills

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March 6, 2017