|Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||January 8, 1993|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is an Indian table tennis player who had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Challenge – Belgium 2016 (men’s singles event), the ITTF Challenge – Spain 2017 (men’s singles), the Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast 2018 (men’s team), the ITTF Major – Hungary 2021 (mixed doubles), and the ITTF Major – Czech Republic 2021 (men’s singles). He had clinched the ‘Silver’ medal at the ITTF Major- Bulgaria 2017 (men’s doubles) and the Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast 2018 (men’s doubles). He had also secured the ‘Bronze’ medal at the Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast 2018 (mixed doubles), the Asian Games – Jakarta 2018 (men’s team), the ITTF Platinum – Australia 2019 (men’s doubles), and the ITTF Challenge Plus – Oman 2019 (men’s singles). As of April 2020, he was ranked at number 32 in the world in the official ITTF rankings. In 2018, he was honored with the prestigious ‘Arjuna Award’, the 2nd-highest sporting honor of India.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Table Tennis Player
- Siblings – Divya Gnanasekaran (Older Sister), Rekha Gnanasekaran (Older Sister)
He is represented by Baseline Ventures, Sports Marketing, Entertainment & Brand Licensing Company, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted, wavy hair
- Sports a thick beard
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Facts
- He had first come into the spotlight in 2011 when he was part of the Indian team that had won the ‘Bronze’ medal at the Junior World Championships.
- In September 2016, when he had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Challenge – Belgium 2016 (men’s singles event), his first ITTF pro tour title, he had become the first Indian table tennis player to win an ITTF event on European soil.
- In 2017, when he had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the ITTF Challenge – Spain 2017 (men’s singles event), he had become the first Indian table tennis player to win multiple ITTF pro tour titles.
- Later that year, he had won the ‘TOISA Table Tennis Player of the Year’ honor.
- In April 2018, he had won 3 medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – a ‘Gold’ medal in the men’s team event, a ‘Silver’ medal in the men’s doubles event, and a ‘Bronze’ medal in the mixed doubles event. It was his debut appearance at the tournament.
- At the 2018 Asian Games, he had won a ‘Bronze’ medal in the men’s team event, the country’s first such medal after a gap of 60 years.
- Sathiyan is an employee of ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation), an Indian government-owned crude oil and natural gas corporation. He has been supported by the GoSports Foundation, a donor-funded venture that works towards securing funds and professional expertise for some of India’s junior Olympic and Paralympic athletes, through their ‘Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme’.
- He is the first Indian paddler to have signed a contract to play in the Japanese T-League.
- In May 2019, he had achieved his career-best world ranking of 24, becoming the first Indian paddler ever to break into the ‘Top 25’ of the official ITTF rankings.
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