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Dragutin Šurbek

Dragutin Šurbek
Nationality  Yugoslavia  Croatia
Born (1946-08-08) August 8, 1946
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia

Dragutin Šurbek (born August 8, 1946 in Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a former table tennis player from Croatia, and is one of the most successful Croatian table tennis players ever.[1]

One of the most extraordinary European players ever, he won hundreds of tournaments during the peak of his table tennis career (1964–1986), from Tokyo and Novi Sad to Beijing and Zagreb. His partner in doubles was the almost equally powerful player Antun Stipančić-Tova. Šurbek competed with Zoran Primorac at the 1992 Summer Olympics for Croatia when he was 46 years old.

Dragutin Šurbek's biggest successes were two World Championship titles in the Men's Doubles event. He won gold medals in 1979 (with Stipančić) and in 1983 (with Zoran Kalinić). In the Men's Singles event, he won the bronze medal three times (in 1971, 1973 and 1981). He was the European champion in Men's Singles in 1968 and in Men's Doubles in 1970, 1982 and 1984. With the SFR Yugoslavia national team, he was European champion in 1976.

He received the Golden Badge award for the best athlete of Yugoslavia in 1983.

Šurbek is currently a table tennis coach in Zagreb.

See also

References

  1. ^ [2]

External links

  • "Dragutin Šurbek Olympic Results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  • "Povijest saveza" (in Croatian). Croatian Table Tennis Association. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
Awards
Preceded by
Dragan Kićanović
The Best Athlete of Yugoslavia
1983
Succeeded by
Šaban Trstena
Preceded by
Bojan Križaj
Yugoslav Sportsman of the Year
1983
Succeeded by
Jure Franko
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