Ištvan Korpa

Istvan Korpa

 Dosežki

 Achievements

SP: 2 bronasti WC: 2 bronze
EP: 1 zlata, 5 srebrnih, 1 bronasta EC: 1 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze

V Vojvodini rojenega srbskega igralca je življenjska pot zanesla v Slovenijo – tekmovalno v Olimpijo, zasebno pa v zakonski stan z namiznoteniško igralko Cirilo Pirc. Z nadarjenostjo je opozoril nase na mladinskem EP leta 1962 na Bledu z zlatima kolajnama med dvojicami (skupaj z Edvardom Veckom) in v ekipni konkurenci ter bronom med posamezniki, kar je nadgradil leto pozneje v Duisburgu s posamičnim in ekipnim naslovom prvaka. V članski vrsti je v desetletju med 1962 in 1972 nastopil na vseh šestih EP ter iztržil srebro in bron med posamezniki, srebro med dvojicami ter zlato, tri srebrne in bronasto kolajno med ekipami. Leta 1970 je bil šesti igralec sveta. Pomembno je vplival na razvoj in popularizacijo amiznega tenisa v Sloveniji. Po končanem tekmovalnem obdobju se je posvetil trenerskemu delu v Nemčiji, kjer je bil trener vseh selekcij od kadetov do članov. Treniral je številne odlične nemške tekmovalce, vključno s Timom Bollom.

Born in Vojvodina, Serbia, Ištvan Korpa moved to Slovenia because of the two loves in his life – table tennis and wife Cirila Pirc, a table tennis player herself. He made people take note of his game at the European Youth Championships in Bled in 1962 by winning gold medals in the doubles (together with Edvard Vecko) and the team event as well as a bronze in the individual event. He would go one step higher in Duisburg the following year by winning gold in the individual and team events. He was a member of the national team from 1962 to 1972, appearing in all six European Championships in this time and winning a silver and a bronze in individual competitions a silver in the doubles and a gold, three silvers and a bronze in the team competition. He was ranked as high as 6th in the world standings in 1970 and his achievements contributed greatly to boosting the popularity of table tennis in Slovenia. After retiring from competition, he took on coaching in Germany, where he worked with many German talents, including Tim Boll.