Kalinikos Kreanga (born March 8, 1972) is a Greek (formerly Romanian) table tennis player. Born as Călin Creangă, he chose to defect from Communist-ruled Romania at the age of 17 (with his father) while he was participating in the European Table Tennis Youth Championships in Luxembourg in 1989.
Kreanga in 2010.
|Full name||Kalinikos Kreanga|
March 8, 1972 |
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)|
While in Luxembourg, he received an offer to play in Greece, so he decided to move there. Being a minor, he quickly acquired Greek citizenship, and changed his name to Kalinikos Kreanga.
He has been one of the dominant European table tennis players since the beginning of the 1990s, and uses the shakehand grip to hold the racket. His favorite offensive weapons seem to be the forehand topspin and an incredibly strong backhand topspin. His backhand topspin is regarded as one of the most devastating in the world, not limited by its unorthodox technique.
Winner of the European Championships in mixed doubles (1992) and men's doubles (1994). Runner-up in men's singles (2002).
Runner-up at the Men's World Cup in 2003 and 2004.
Winner of the Europe Top-12, 2011.
- "Biography". ITTF. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- "Biography of KREANGA Kalinikos". ITTF. Archived from the original on 18 January 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- Roxana Maha (8 July 2005). "Creanga a ajuns celebru si bogat din ping-pong". Cotidianul.ro (in Romanian).[permanent dead link]
- "ITTF Statistics". ITTF. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- "Kalinikos Kreanga, the Irrepressible Greek". TableTennisMaster.com. Retrieved 25 February 2011.