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Zoran Primorac

Zoran Primorac

Zoran Primorac (born May 10, 1969 in Zadar) is an accomplished male table tennis player from Croatia. He is considered to be among the best European players in the last 25 years (along with Vladimir Samsonov from Belarus, Timo Boll from Germany, Jan-Ove Waldner and Jörgen Persson from Sweden and Jean-Philippe Gatien from France).

Primorac was born in Zadar and started playing table tennis in the club STK "Bagat" in his home town. As a junior he won seven medals in European championships. In 1985 he moved to the Zagreb club "Vjesnik". At the 1987 World Championship in New Delhi he won the silver medal together with Ilija Lupulesku, and repeated the success by winning the silver at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Together with Lupulesku he also won the 1990 European Championship in Gothenburg.

Primorac competed for Croatia at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona where he reached last 16 in singles and doubles. He repeated the same at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and at the 2004 Summer Olympics he was eliminated in the third round. At 2008 Summer Olympics "Zoki" lost in quarter-final of Men's singles event by Jörgen Persson.

Primorac, Belgian Jean-Michel Saive, and Swede Jörgen Persson are the first table tennis players to have competed at six Olympics, having competed in all Games since the sport was introduced in 1988.

In 1993 he won a bronze medal in Men's singles at World Table Tennis Championships. He won silver medal in 1995 and bronze in 1999 at World Championships in Men's doubles event.

At the 1998 and 2000 European Championships Primorac won silver medal in Men's singles. In 1998 final he lost against Vladimir Samsonov and in 2000 lost against Peter Karlsson. At 1992, 1994, 2002 and 2005 European Championship he won bronze medal in Men's singles. In the 2007 European Championship in Belgrade he won the silver medal in the team event with Croatia (with Roko Tošić, Andrej Gačina and Tan Ruiwu).

At Mediterranean Games in Men's singles event he won gold medal in 1987, silver in 1993 and 1997 and bronze in 1991. In Men's doubles evnt he won gold medal in 1987 and 1991, silver in 1993 and bronze in 1997.

He currently uses specially-designed equipment made by Butterfly Table Tennis. He uses the Timo Boll spirit blade, while using Tenergy 05 rubber on both sides of his racket.


Year Competition Venue Placed Event
1988 Olympic Games Seoul 22 Silver Men's doubles
1987 World Championships New Delhi 33 Bronze Men's team
1987 World Championships New Delhi 22 Silver Men's doubles
1991 World Championships Chiba 22 Silver Men's team
1993 World Championships Gothenburg 33 Bronze Men's singles
1995 World Championships Tianjin 22 Silver Men's doubles
1999 World Championships Eindhoven 33 Bronze Men's doubles
1986 European Championships Prague 33 Bronze Men's doubles
1988 European Championships Paris 22 Silver Men's doubles
1990 European Championships Gothenburg 33 Bronze Men's team
1990 European Championships Gothenburg 11 Gold Men's doubles
1992 European Championships Stuttgart 33 Bronze Men's singles
1992 European Championships Stuttgart 33 Bronze Mixed doubles
1994 European Championships Birmingham 33 Bronze Men's singles
1994 European Championships Birmingham 22 Silver Men's doubles
1994 European Championships Birmingham 11 Gold Mixed doubles
1998 European Championships Eindhoven 22 Silver Men's singles
2000 European Championships Bremen 22 Silver Men's singles
2002 European Championships Zagreb 33 Bronze Men's singles
2005 European Championships Aarhus 33 Bronze Men's singles
2007 European Championships Belgrade 22 Silver Men's team

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