Christophe Legoût

Christophe Legoût

Christophe Legoût (2013)
Personal information
Nickname(s) Superman[1]
Nationality  France
Born (1973-08-06) 6 August 1973
Montbéliard, Doubs, France
Playing style Left-handed, classic[1]
Equipment(s) Butterfly Legout[1]
Highest ranking 15 (February 2001)[2]
Current ranking 108 (February 2013)[2]
Club Istres Ouest Provence[1]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)

Christophe Legoût (born 6 August 1973 in Montbéliard, Doubs) is a French table tennis player.[3] As of February 2013, Legout is ranked no. 108 in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).[2] He is also left-handed, and uses the classic grip and Butterfly Legout blade.[1]

Table tennis career

Since he became a member of the national team in 1991, Legout is considered one of France's most prominent and popular table tennis players in its sporting history. He is a multiple-time French champion in both the singles and doubles tournaments, and has won a total of ten medals (three golds and seven silver) in the same discipline at the ITTF World Tour series.[4][5] Legout is previously a member of the table tennis team at the Levallois Sporting Club in Paris, before he moved to Provence to train for Istres Ouest Provence, under his personal coaches Jean Claude and Stéphane LeBrun.[4]

Legout made his official debut at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where he competed only in the men's doubles tournament. Legout and his partner Patrick Chila placed second in the preliminary pool round against China, Sweden, and Ghana, receiving only two victories, four winning matches, and a total score of 133 points.[6][7]

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Legout teamed up with two-time world bronze medalist Damien Éloi in the men's doubles tournament, where the French pair placed first in the preliminary pool round against Canada's Johnny Huang and Kurt Liu, and Argentina's Liu Song and Pablo Tabachnik, receiving four winning matches and a total score of 96 points. Legout and Eloi defeated Sweden's Jörgen Persson and Jan-Ove Waldner in the first round of the knock-out stage, before losing out their next match to the formidable Chinese duo Wang Liqin and Yan Sen, with a unanimous set score of 0–3.[8] Having been chosen as one of the top 16 seeded players, Legout received a bye in the preliminary pool stage of the men's singles, before beating South Korea's Ryu Seung-min in his first match. He progressed to the second round, but lost to Belarus' Vladimir Samsonov, with a final set score of 0–3.[9]

Eight years after competing in his last Olympics, Legout qualified for his third French team, as a 35-year-old, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, by receiving a place as one of the top 8 seeded players from the European Qualification Tournament in Nantes.[10][11] He received a bye for the first round match of his only event, the men's singles, before losing out to Vietnam's Doan Kien Quoc, with a set score of 2–4.[12][13][14]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "ITTF World Player Profile – Christophe Legoût". ITTF. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 "ITTF World Ranking – Christophe Legoût". ITTF. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  3. "Christophe Legoût". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  4. 1 2 "France Olympique Profile – Christophe Legoût" (in French). French Olympic Committee. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  5. Marshall, Ian (20 January 2013). "History Recorded in Almeria, Man of Destiny, Cazuo Matsumoto Reigns in Spain". ITTF. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  6. "1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta): Men's Doubles Group Stage". ITTF. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  7. "Atlanta 1996 Volume III: Table Tennis – Men's Doubles" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 384. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  8. "Sydney 2000: Table Tennis – Men's Doubles" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 68–70. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  9. "Sydney 2000: Table Tennis – Men's Singles" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 54–57. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  10. "Players Qualified for the Olympic Games" (PDF). ITTF. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  11. Marshall, Ian (6 April 2008). "Mixed Emotions for France on the Final Day in Nantes". ITTF. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  12. "Men's Singles First Round". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  13. "Beijing Olympics: Quoc moves to round 2". Voice of Vietnam. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  14. "Tennis: Frenchmen suffer unexpected defeat in men's singles". Xinhua News Agency. People's Daily Online. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
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