Croatian table tennis player Gacina Andrej (born May 21, 1986, in Zadar, former Yugoslavia now Croatia) Apuania Carrara (Italy), and TT TEAM (Ukraine) are his current teams. As a member of Croatia’s national team, he won silver in 2007 and bronze in 2014 at the European Championships in men’s doubles.
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Two-time Mediterranean Games silver medalist and bronze medalist at the World Junior Table Tennis Championship. At the Olympic Games, Croatia had a number of representatives (4 – 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2021).
- Full name Andrej Gaćina
- Nationality Croatia
- Born 21 May 1986
- Zadar, SFR Yugoslavia
- Playing style Right-handed, shakehand grip
- Highest ranking 18 (February 2016)
- Current ranking 48 (March 2022)
- Club Italy Apuania
- Height 185 cm
- Weight 85 kg
Gacina Andrej equipment
His first Olympics
Gacina Andrej competed in his first Olympic Games in Beijing.
“I, too, have vivid memories of the first Olympic Games. With so many athletes from so many different sports, everyone is focused on the same goal. Sporting luminaries such as Rafael NADAL and Roger FEDERER, Novak DJOKOVIC, Usian BOLT and Asafa POWELL were all in the same room with me at the same time and it was an incredible experience. Additionally, this was my most successful Olympic Games. When we made it through to the quarterfinals, the memories became even better. In Rio, I have some of the heaviest memories of my life. I was unable to perform at my best one hour before the match because of a back injury.”
2005–2006 -Germany WTTV Ramstein (2. Bundesliga South)
2006–2007 -Germany TSV Untermberg
2007–2008 -Germany TSG Steinheim (2. Bundesliga South)
2008–2009- Belgium Royal Villette Charleroi
2009–2010 -Germany 1. FC Saarbrücken (1. Bundesliga)
2010–2011- Belgium Royal Villette Charleroi
2011–2012 -Germany TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen (1. Bundesliga)
2012–2016 – GermanyTTC Zugbrücke Grenzau
2016 – 2020 – Russia УГМК Верхняя Пышма
2020–2021 – Poland KS Dekorglass Działdowo
2021 – Now – Italy Apuania Carrara
2021 – Now – Ukraine TT TEAM
2022 WTT Star Contender Doha Men‘s Singles Winner
2011 European Championships
Men’s doubles champion
2009 Mediterranean Games
Men’s Singles Silver
2007 Europe Championships
Men’s Team Runner-up
Born May 21, 1986, in Zadar, Yugoslavia. With Croatia at war with Serbia, Andrej played table tennis in the hall instead of on an open field, making it less risky. He quit education to seek a more professional career in table tennis, which was a major turning point in his career. At 18, he made this choice.
Coaches who influenced his life and career include Zvonimir Korenic (current Croatian national team coach), Dubravko Skoric (TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen coach in 2015), and Chen Zhibin (former Chinese national team player, world #10).
Gacina’s most notable junior achievement was reaching the semi-finals of the 2004 Youth World Championships in doubles. Since 2006, a young Croatian tennis player has competed in ITTF competitions.
In 2007, the Croatian national team defeated to the superior German team in the European Championship final. During the year, he won the LIEBHERR Austrian Open, reached the final of the Indian Open, and won bronze in the LIEBHERR French Open, Eurosib Russian Open, Volkswagen Open – Japan, and Qatar Open. This earned him a spot in the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals in Beijing, China, where he took silver in the under-21 division.
He earned his 9th solo championship at the Croatian Championship in 2020. The team reached the quarterfinals of the men’s Champions League before the coronavirus epidemic ended the event. Earlier this year, at Gondomar, Portugal, the squad defeated a tough England side to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Mid-year he joined KS Dekorglass Dziadowo in Poland.
In 2021, Gacina and his team won the Polish Super League Lotto. He reached the quarterfinals of the men’s Champions League In the team category, they lost to the Chinese Taipei team in the 1/16 finals in Tokyo in 2021. Gacina lost to Chuang Chih-Yuan (lost all 6 fights on the international level) and in doubles. After beating Togo’s Fanny Kokou Dodji, he fell to Frenchman Lebesson Emmanuel.
In 2022, he reached the Europe Cup final with Apuania Carrara of Italy. Won the WTT Star Contender Doha singles tournament. In 2022, he is the winner of WTT Tournaments (Doha, 2022).
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