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Mouma Das
Mouma Das.jpg
Das in 2010
Personal information
NationalityIndian
Born (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 38)
Narkeldanga, Kolkata, India
Height1.49 m (4 ft 10 in)

Mouma Das (born 24 February 1984)[1] is an Indian table tennis player. Born and brought up in Kolkata, West Bengal, she has represented India in international events since the early 2000s. Das has won multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games including a gold in the Women's Team Competition in 2018. She was awarded the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting honour in 2013 for her contributions to the sport.[2]

Das participated in the 2004 Olympic Games where she competed in the singles table tennis competition;[1] she made her second appearance at the event in the 2016 edition after a gap of 12 years.[3] Das reached the quarterfinals of the women's doubles event at the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships partnering Manika Batra; the duo became the first Indian pair (and the first Indians in over 61 years) to do so.[4][5] The pair also won the silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.She was awarded India's fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri in 2021.[6][7]

Career

Das made her first World Table Tennis Championship appearance in the year 1997, at Manchester, and went on to reach the third round before bowing out. She did not participate the following year, because of an injury. In the subsequent world meets, Das either represented India as a singles player or as the team member: Kuala Lumpur (2000), Osaka (2001), Paris (2003), Doha (2004), Bremen (2006), Zagreb (2007), Guangzhou (2008), Yokohama (2009), Moscow (2010), Rotterdam (2011), Dortmund (2012), Paris (2013), Suzhou (2015), Kuala Lumpur (2016), Düsseldorf (2017), Halmstad (2018) without missing any championships. She registered the highest caps at the Championships, with 17[8][9][10] appearances. Das and Thailand's Komwon Nanthana have both represented their country 17[8] times each, the maximum by any Asian in both sections.[11]

Das won her 1st International Gold medal in 2nd Children of Asia International Sports Games'2000 in Yakutsk.[12]

Mouma Das played more than 400 International Matches against 75 different countries.[13]

At the December 2015 Commonwealth Championships, Das claimed a silver in the singles event along with team medal and became the maximum Commonwealth medal winning Indian Table Tennis player.[11]

Das qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Asian Qualification Tournament held in Hong Kong in April 2015.[14] However, her appearance at the 2016 Olympics short-lived, as she lost to higher seeded Daniela Dodean of Romania in the first round of the women's individual event.[15]

For the Indian table tennis fraternity, ITTF World Tours have never been easy. But things were very different this time in Olomouc, a city in Moravia, in the east of the Czech Republic. Mouma Das and Manika Batra, the new and heroic women's doubles pair of India, lifted their game by several notches to reach the semi-finals for the first time at an ITTF World Tour (Major).[16]

Indian star table tennis duo of Mouma Das and Manika Batra reached a world ranking of 12 in the latest ITTF rankings which is the best among 28 Commonwealth countries that play the sport on the big stages.[17]

In 2017 ITTF Challenge Spanish Open Indian pair of Manika Batra and Mouma Das, seeded second, went down to the top-seed Korean duo of Jihee Jeon and Haeun Yang 11–9, 6-11, 11–9, 9-11, 9–11 in a thrilling women doubles final.it was a creditable performance by the Indians who forced the issue to the last two points to become the first Indian women's pair to finish with the silver medal in an ITTF Challenge series.[18] Later that year, Das made her 50th Final in Annual Inter State & Senior National Table Tennis Championship in Ranchi; she also won gold medal in the team event, where she represented PSPB.[19][20]

Das was a part of the Women's team that won the gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games; the Indian team defeated Singapore in the final with a score of 3–1 to secure the first gold medal for the country in the event.[21] Das won the women's doubles match partnering Madhurika Patkar to give India the lead in the tie.[22] En route to the gold medal, the first by any nation other Singapore, India defeated the top seeded English team in semi-finals. Presently she is an employee of OIL (Oil India Ltd.).[21]

Records and statistics

Top Records

Sl. For Total Numbers References
1 Most Participation in World Championship by an Indian & Asian TT Player 17 [23][10][8]
2 Most Medals in Commonwealth TT (Games & Championship) by an Indian TT Player 19 [24][25][26][27]
3 Most Gold hat-trick in Senior Nationals (Team,Single,Double & Mixed Doubles) 7 [28][29]
4 Most Gold in South Asian Games by a TT Player 8 [30]
5 Twice Gold hat-trick in South Asian Games by a TT Player 2004 & 2006
6 Single's Gold hat-trick in South Asian Games by a TT Player 2004,2006 & 2016 [31]
7 Most Gold Medals in Senior Nationals (Team,Single,Double & Mixed Doubles) 32 [28][29][19]
8 Most number of Finalist in senior National (Team,Single,Double & Mixed Doubles) 51 [28][29][20][19][32]
9 Highest number of representation for Indian Team 1997 onwards [23]
10 Commonwealth (Games & Championship) Most number of finalist Indian women TT player 2010(1) 2013(1) 2015(3) & 2018(2) - 7 Times [33][27]
11 Twice medals in all 4 events of Commonwealth TT Championship 2013 & 2015 [34]
12 World Table Tennis Championship Gold in Team Events (2nd Division) 2004 & 2016 [35][36]
13 Total number of Gold in National & International Events 100+
14 Total number of International Matches 400+ [13]

Commonwealth Table Tennis

Following are finishes at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

Year Competition Medal Event References
2001 Championship Bronze Team [37]
2004 Championship Bronze Team [38]
Bronze Doubles [38]
2006 Games Bronze Team [39][40]
2007 Championship Bronze Team [41]
2009 Championship Bronze Team [42]
2009 Championship Bronze Single [42]
2010 Games Silver Team [43]
Bronze Doubles [44]
2013 Championship Silver Mixed Doubles [45]
Bronze Doubles [46]
Bronze Team [47]
Bronze Single [48]
2015 Championship Bronze Doubles [49]
Silver Mixed Doubles [50]
Silver Team [51]
Silver Singles [33]
2018 Games Gold Team [27]
Silver Doubles [27]

Gold Hat-Trick in Annual Senior Table Tennis Championship

Year Event Event Event References[29][52]
2000 Team Doubles Mixed Doubles
2001 Team Singles Doubles [53]
2002 Team Doubles Mixed Doubles
2005 Team Singles Doubles [54][52]
2006 Team Singles Doubles [52]
2010 Team Doubles Mixed Doubles
2014 Team Singles Doubles [55][56][57]

Indian Senior National Championships & National Games Individual Events

Year Medal Event Ref
1996 Silver Championship-Single [52]
1998 Silver Championship-Single [52]
1999 Gold Championship-Single [58]
1999 Gold Games-Single [59]
2001 Gold Championship-Single [52]
2002 Silver Championship-Single [52]
2002 Gold Games-Single [60]
2004 Silver Championship-Single [52]
2005 Gold Championship-Single [54][41]
2006 Gold Championship-Single [41]
2008 Silver Championship-Single [52]
2014 Gold Championship-Single [61][62]

World Table Tennis Championship

Year Location References[63][64]
1997 Manchester-ENGLAND [63][65][66][64]
2000 Kuala Lumpur-MALAYSIA [64]
2001 Osaka-JAPAN [64]
2003 Paris-FRANCE [67][68]
2004 Doha-QATAR [69]
2006 Bremen-GERMANY [70][68]
2007 Zagreb-CROATIA [71][72]
2008 Guangzhou-CHINA [73]
2009 Yokohama-JAPAN [74][75]
2010 Moscow-RUSSIA [76]
2011 Rotterdam-NETHERLANDS [77]
2012 Dortmund-GERMANY [78][79]
2013 Paris-FRANCE [80][68][81]
2015 Suzhou-CHINA [66][82][83]
2016 Kuala Lumpur-MALAYSIA [23][84]
2017 Düsseldorf-GERMANY [85][10]
2018 Halmstad-SWEDEN [8]

See also

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