OVTCHAROV gains a lot of confidence for Kuala LumpurPhoto: Courtesy ITTF
Actual European champion is very proud that he was able to defend ITTF Euro Top 16 crown, looking forward to Perfect 2016 Team Championship
After small disappointment at the recent 2016 German Open, Dimitrij OVTCHAROV found his best form to retain the title of ITTF Euro Top 16, which was held from February 5th to 7th in Portugal city Gondomar. German believes that it will positively affects his performance at the upcoming Perfect 2016 Team Table Tennis Championships in Kuala Lumpur (February 28th – March 6th).
„I am very proud I was able to defend my title at the ITTF Euro Top 16 in Portugal. The victory gives me a lot of confidence for the upcoming World Championship. Yet there is a lot of work waiting for me and I will practice as hard as possible”, stated actual individual European champion, 27 year-old Dimitrij OVTCHAROV.
German halted two Portugal players in the last two finals of ITTF Euro Top 16, first Marcos FREITAS in 2015 Baku, and now Joao MONTEIRO in Gondomar, playing six games. Between these two titles he had three more unforgettable moments, one after the other 2015 TTCLM crown with Fakel Gazproma Orenburg, 2015 European Championships gold medal and 3rd place from 2015 World Cup.
Gondomar`s title is his third one at the Euro Top 16 (12) cups, after 2012 Villeurbanne (he beat Kirill SKACHKOV in the final) and 2015 Baku. Two years ago in Lausanne he finished third, behind Marcos FREITAS and Michael MAZE.
Currently he owns two individual titles – ITTF European Championship and ITTF Euro Top 16, and two bronze medals – Olympic (London 2012) and LIEBHERR World Cup (Halmstad 2015). For example, six times champion of Old Continent Timo BOLL won his second European title when he was 26 year-old, in Belgrade 2007, and his third Euro Top 12 in Copenhagen 2006, in his 25.