Who is Ryu Seung-Min?
Ryu Seung-Min (born August 5, 1982 in Seoul, South Korea) is a Korean table tennis player who won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men’s singles competition. His opponent was Wang Hao, a top-seeded player from Chinese national team. Along the way, he defeated 1992 Olympic champion Jan-Ove Waldner with 4-1. Ryu is ranked thirteenth in the world as of May 2011.
Ryu Seung-Min plays penhold style. Unlike players like Ma Lin and Wang Hao, Ryu practically never uses the backside of his blade. Ryu relies on his outstanding footwork, explosive forehand loops and drives to win points. For some time he used Xiom (South Korea) table tennis paddles and rubbers playing with his signature model “Ryu Seung Min Special” penhold and has been using ProZRSM ever since his victory at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Lately he switched again to Butterfly (Japan) equipment and now he uses their RSM ZLC blade with Tenergy 64 rubbers.
As of December 1, 2012 he is ranked 20th in the world. His top ranking was world number 2 in September 2004, and since November 2001 he was always in top 25 of the ITTF world ranking list.
Singles (as of January 17, 2011)
Olympics: Gold medal (2004).
World Championships: SF (2007).
World Cup appearances: 5. Record: runner-up (2007).
Pro Tour winner (3): Egypt, USA Open 2004; Chile Open 2008.
Runner-up (4): Swedish Open 2001; Brazil Open 2002; Japan Open 2005; Slovenian Open 2007; Kuwait Open 2012.
Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 7. Record: SF (2003, 05, 10).
Asian Games: SF (2006).
Asian Championships: SF (2003).
Olympics: 4th (2000).
World Championships: QF (2001, 05, 09).
Pro Tour winner (7): China (Qingdao) Open 2002; Croatian, Egypt, USA Open 2004; Korea Open 2005; Chinese Taipei Open 2006; Kuwait Open 2007; Brazil Open 2012.
Runner-up (3): China (Changchun) Open 2000; Korea Open 2010; Austrian Open 2010; Japan Open 2012.
Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 3. Record: QF (2000, 02, 07).
Asian Games: winner (2002).
Asian Championships: SF (2005).
World Championships: QF (2003).
Asian Games: runner-up (2002).
Olympics: 3rd (2008), 2nd (2012).
World Championships: 2nd (2006, 08); 3rd (2001, 04, 10).
World Team Cup: 2nd (2009); 3rd (2007).
Asian Games: 2nd (2002, 06).
Asian Championships: 2nd (2005).
Athens Olympic 2004 Final Video
Ryu Seung-Min (KOR) vs Wang Hao (CHN)