Fan Zhendong - table tennis’ rising star
At just 17 years old, YOG athlete Fan Zhendong (CHN) already has a track record that even the most experienced table tennis player would be proud of.
Currently ranked number three in the world, Fan already made the history books when, at just 16 years old, he became the youngest ever ITTF World Tour winner. This record has since been broken but Fan still remains “very proud to have had held it”.
After becoming the 2014 World Team Championships champion already this year and having won the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, Fan had this to add: “After I got the gold at the Asian Youth Games last year in Nanjing, Nanjing has become my lucky land. I hope I can still keep the good luck going and claim the gold at this year’s biggest event, the Youth Olympic Games!”
Will he add Youth Olympic Games gold medallist to this impressive list? Follow the YOG to find out!
Fan will no doubt be one to look out for both during and after the Youth Olympic Games. Whatever happens, his future is set to be a bright one.
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