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ACHANTA Sharath Kamal Name ACHANTA Sharath Kamal
NOC IND - India India Date of Birth 12 JUL 1982
Residence Gender Male
Height 186 cm Weight 80 kg
Discipline Table Tennis

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocation
Asian Games
5Team2010Guangzhou, CHN
9Team2006Doha, QAT
3rd RoundSingles2010Guangzhou, CHN
3rd RoundSingles2006Doha, QAT
2nd RoundMixed Doubles2010Guangzhou, CHN
2nd RoundMen's Doubles2010Guangzhou, CHN
1st RoundMixed Doubles2006Doha, QAT
1st RoundMen's Doubles2006Doha, QAT
Olympic Games
2nd RoundSingles2008Beijing, CHN
World Championships
27Team2012Dortmund, GER
29Team2010Moscow, RUS
33Team2014Tokyo, JPN
33Team2008Guangzhou, CHN
3rd RoundSingles2009Yokohama, JPN
2nd RoundMen's Doubles2009Yokohama, JPN
2nd RoundMen's Doubles2007Zagreb, CRO
2nd RoundSingles2013Paris, FRA
2nd RoundMixed Doubles2013Paris, FRA
2nd RoundMixed Doubles2011Rotterdam, NED
1st RoundMen's Doubles2011Rotterdam, NED
1st RoundSingles2011Rotterdam, NED
1st RoundMixed Doubles2009Yokohama, JPN
1st RoundSingles2007Zagreb, CRO
1st RoundMixed Doubles2007Zagreb, CRO
ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals
QuarterfinalSingles2010Seoul, KOR
QuarterfinalMen's Doubles2010Seoul, KOR
ITTF World Tour
3Singles2011Morocco Open, MAR
9Men's Doubles2014Korea Open
33Singles2014Korea Open
QuarterfinalSingles2013Czech Open, CZE
QuarterfinalMen's Doubles2011Spanish Open, ESP
3rd RoundSingles2014Japan Open, JPN
3rd RoundSingles2013Polish Open, POL
3rd RoundSingles2013Japan Open, JPN
3rd RoundSingles2012Polish Open, POL
3rd RoundSingles2011Swedish Open, SWE
2nd RoundSingles2014German Open, GER
2nd RoundSingles2013Kuwait Open, KUW
2nd RoundSingles2013Austrian Open, AUT
2nd RoundSingles2012Hungarian Open, HUN
2nd RoundSingles2011Spanish Open, ESP
2nd RoundSingles2011Polish Open, POL
1st RoundMen's Doubles2013Czech Open, CZE
1st RoundMen's Doubles2013China Open, CHN
1st RoundMen's Doubles2013Qatar Open, QAT
1st RoundMen's Doubles2013Austrian Open, AUT
1st RoundMen's Doubles2011China Open, CHN
1st RoundMen's Doubles2011Polish Open, POL
1st RoundSingles2014Czech Open, CZE
1st RoundSingles2013Qatar Open, QAT
1st RoundSingles2012German Open, GER
Asian Championships
7Team2013Busan, KOR
8Team2012Macau, CHN
QuarterfinalMen's Doubles2012Macau, CHN
3rd RoundMen's Doubles2013Busan, KOR
3rd RoundSingles2013Busan, KOR
2nd RoundMixed Doubles2013Busan, KOR
2nd RoundSingles2012Macau, CHN
Commonwealth Games
2Men's Doubles2014Glasgow, GBR
4Singles2014Glasgow, GBR
4Team2014Glasgow, GBR
QuarterfinalMixed Doubles2014Glasgow, GBR
World Ranking
46Singles2014

Detailed Information

Biography
Hobbies Watching movies, listening to music, reading books, playing the guitar. (Facebook page, 29 Dec 2013)
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Accounting, Commerce - Loyola College, Chennai, IND
Spouse & Children Wife Sripoorni, one daughter
Languages Spoken English, Hindi, Spanish
Club YMIA, Chennai, IND
Coach Peter Engel [national], GER; Sriniuasa Rao [father]; Muralidhara Rao [uncle] (newindianexpress.com, 08 Aug 2014; tabletennista.com, 28 Feb 2014; Athlete, 26 Jul 2014)
Position / Style Attacking (TTFI, 11 Oct 2006)
Plays Right (borussia-duesseldorf.com, Apr 2014)
International debut 2003 for India, Asian Championship (Bangkok) (sportskeeda.com, 29 Apr 2013)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
He began playing table tennis at age five in Chennai, India at the table tennis club where his father was a coach. (indiatoday.intoday.in, 06 Aug 2009)

Reason for taking up this sport
His father Srinivasa Rao and uncle Muralidhara Rao were table tennis coaches. "They would probably have started coaching me before I was born if they had the chance." (sportskeeda.com, 13 Jan 2010)

Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, and to win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sports.ndtv.com, 07 Jan 2014; sportskeeda.com, 29 Apr 2013; newindianexpress.com, 08 Aug 2014)

Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning single and team gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia and the team gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (mhtabletennis.com, 30 Nov 2012; Athlete, 26 Jul 2014)

Hero
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Indian badminton player Pullela Gopichand, Belarusian table tennis player Vladimir Samsonov. (newindianexpress.com, 16 Jul 2013; sportskeeda.com, 29 Apr 2013; indiatoday.intoday.in, 06 Aug 2009)

Most influential person in career
His uncle Muralidhara Rao, and his wife Sripoorni. (Athlete, 26 Jul 2014)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Aim high, and work towards your goals. At the same time you need to do what you love, otherwise be satisfied with loving what you are doing." (mhtabletennis.com, 30 Nov 2012)

"Never give up." (Athlete, 26 Jul 2014)

Awards
In 2004 he received the Arjuna Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in Indian table tennis. (sportskeeda.com, 13 Jan 2010)

General
NATIONAL FIRSTS
He became the first Indian table tennis player to win a singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games when he won in Melbourne in 2006. He also became the first Indian player to win an event on the Pro Tour, when he won the Egypt Open in Cairo in July 2010. (ittf.com, 17 Dec 2010; Sportstar, 01 Apr 2006)

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