Sathiyan Gnanasekaran: Medals, Records, Achievements and More

He has also won a gold medal in the Men’s team event and a silver medal in the men’s doubles in Birmingham.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 08 August 2022 06:57 PM

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Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won his first CWG singles medal as he bagged the bronze in the men’s singles TT event. Sathiyan won 11-9, 11-3, 11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9 against Paul Drinkhall in a match for third place. He has also won a gold medal in the Men’s team event and a silver medal in the men’s doubles in Birmingham. 

Sathiyan started playing table tennis as a hobby in school and took part in inter-school events. Here his skills were spotted by the former Indian paddler and Arjuna awardee Subramanian Raman. Then Sathiyan started playing in tournaments during his engineering degree.

Subramanian asked Sathiyan to focus more on his table tennis practice and started training under Raman's guidance. He then took part in junior-level state and national competitions. He made his international debut in the 2011 World Junior Championships for India and won a bronze medal.

Sathiyan had a difficult transition from the junior to senior-level games as he couldn't find a breakthrough point in the senior competitions. He went to Germany to get high-level training and won his first pro title by winning a gold medal in TT singles at the ITTF x Challenge in Belgium in 2017  He then won a bronze medal in Men's Doubles at the ITTE Major in Sweden and has emerged as one of the premier paddlers in the country. 

Name: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

Age: 29 years 

Born on: 8 January 1993

Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Profession:  Employee of ONGC

Coach: Subramanian Raman

Achievements:

Arjuna Award 2018

TOISA Table Tennis player of the year award 2017 (Jury choice)

Asian Games

Bronze medal – third place 2018 Jakarta Men's team

Commonwealth Games

Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast Men's team

Gold medal – first place 2022 Birmingham Men's team

Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast Men's doubles

Bronze medal – third place 2018 Gold Coast Mixed doubles

Bronze medal – third place 2022 Birmingham Men's singles

Silver medal – second place 2022 Birmingham Men's doubles

Asian Championships

Bronze medal – third place 2021 Doha Men's team

Bronze medal – third place 2021 Doha Men's doubles

ITTF Challenge

Gold medal – first place 2016 Belgium Men's singles

Gold medal – first place 2017 Spain Men's singles

ITTF Major

Gold medal – first place 2021 Budapest Mixed doubles

Gold medal – first place 2021 Czech Republic Men's singles

Silver medal – second place 2017 Bulgaria Men's doubles

ITTF Platinum

Bronze medal – third place 2019 Geelong Men's doubles

ITTF Challenge Plus 

Bronze medal – third place 2019 Muscat Men's singles

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