Ankita Das Biography: Ankita Das is one of the well-known table tennis players from India. Ankita became the only woman to secure a berth in the London Olympics in 2012. At the age of 18, the TT player defeated the national stalwarts Mouma Das & Poulomi Ghatak in creating a cut for the 2012 London Olympics.
Since her cadet days, Ankita Das’s growth graph has shown a steady rise. In 2007, Ankita emerged as a national champion leaving behind all age groups & earned a gold medal at the World Cadet Championship. Ankita’s big break came when she made successfully made it to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Junior World Championship. Although she has lost many major tournaments but Ankita never let her defeats to crush her energy. After every loss, Ankita took it in her stride & doubled her effort.
Ankita Das was born on 17th July 1993 in Darjeeling, Siliguri, West Bengal, India. She was born to Late Asim Kumar Das and Sangeeta Das. Ankita’s hometown is Rabindra Nagar in Siliguri. Ankita is the only child of her parents. Her father worked as a Group C field staff in the Tista project. Not only in sports but Ankita is excellent in her studies also. When Ankita was 5 years old, she was diagnosed with major digestion problem. Her doctors advised Mr. Asim to encourage his daughter into any physical activity for a quick recovery. That is when Ankita took up sports under her father’s guidance. Her sporting journey started off as a medicinal thing and by the time she was cured, Ankita became addicted to the sport and her father didn’t stop to encourage her.
In 2015, Ankita lost her father. In the same year, she became the first Indian woman to earn a gold medal in 44 years of the 20th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship. The 22-year-old Ankita Das created a history for her homeland. Meanwhile, her father had passed away due to serious blood-sugar problems. She spent most of November in a state of mourning. But Ankita didn’t stop her career there and went on to participate in a tournament in Surat and also won the competition with her partner G Sathiyan. Ever since her father’s demise, Ankita’s mother has been her only support system who helped her both emotionally & financially.
Ankita’s family comes from no sporting background. After being put into sports by her father, the little Ankita emerged as a table tennis star in her locality. At a tender age, she managed to achieve a lot of things in her sporting career. Mr. Amit Dam was the first coach of Ankita who guided her in her initial days. She has also trained under Mantu Ghosh and Shubroto Roy. Her table tennis career has taken an excellent turn after she started training under the ex-national champion, Mantu Ghosh.
- Gold: 2014, Goa
- Gold: 2014, Goa
- Bronze: 2014, Goa
- 2R, 2014
STATE & NATIONAL LEVEL PERFORMANCES
- 2003 – Ajmer Cadet girls singles table tennis – 2 gold medals
- 2004 – Chennai Cadet girls singles table tennis – Gold medal
- 2004 – Chennai cadet girls, double table tennis – Gold medal
- 2005 – Pondicherry Sub Junior girls singles – gold medal
- 2005 – Shillong Junior girls team table tennis – gold medal
- 2005 – Senior National Jaipur Women’s team – Silver Medal
- 2006 – Kerala Sub Junior Girls singles – 3 gold medals
- 2006 – Cuttack Junior Girls Doubles – silver medal
- 2006 – Senior National Ajmer Women’s team – Bronze medal
- 2007 – National level Indore Junior Girls Singles – Gold medal
- 2007 – Siliguri Women’s National Team table tennis – silver medal
- 2008 – 70th Junior National Girls Singles – gold medal
- 2009 – Youth Girls singles silver medal, Junior Girls bronze medal, Junior Girls doubles in 71st Junior National at Raipur, bronze medal
- 2006 – WJC China Cadet Girls Singles – Runner Up
- 2007 – WJC Canada Cadet Girls Singles – gold medal
- 2007 – Cape Town, South Africa Cadet Girls, Asian Team – Gold
- 2006 – World Junior Circuit – Gold in the team event, a quarterfinalist in singles
- 2006 – Japan Junior Asian Cadet – participation
- 2007 – China, WJC, girls singles runner up
- 2007 – Poland PY Open Cadet Girls – pre-quarter
- 2007 – New Zealand, WC Cadet Girls – gold
- 2007 – Korea 12th Asian Under 15 – Bronze
- 2007 – Goa Open India Cadet Girls – Silver
- 2008 – US Open Junior Girls – Bronze
- India representation in 2009 Kuwait Open and Qatar Open
- India representation in 2009 in 15th Asian Junior Table Tennis Championship, Jaipur
- India representation in 2009 in Taiyuan Open, ChinaIndia representation in 2009 English Open, Sheffield, England
Name: Ankita Das
Nickname: Ankita Das
Sport: Table Tennis
Events: Women’s Singles & Team
Father’s name: Late Asim Kumar Das
Mother’s name: Sangeeta Das
Coach: Mantu Ghosh, S Roy, Bhawani Mukherjee, Kuchaski
Height: 5.6 m
Weight: 59 kg (130 lbs)
Plays: Right-hand offensive
Eye colour: Black
Hair colour: Black
Date of birth: 17 July 1993
Birthplace: Darjeeling, Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Hometown: West Bengal
Residence: Siliguri, West Bengal
Apart from her glorious performances and achievements, table tennis player Ankita Das has also made headlines when she was crashed out of the London Olympics in 2012.
The primary net worth and income of Ankita Das comes from her sporting profession.
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