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15 year old Kanak Jha is heading to Rio 2016

American Kanak JHA
Posted: Apr 12, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

American Kanak JHA has become the youngest ever male athlete to
qualify for the table tennis event at the Olympic Games.
15-year-old Jha secured his spot at Rio Games by defeating USA’s
number one Timothy Wang 4-0 at the ITTF-North American Olympic
Qualification Tournament, which concluded Sunday 10 April in Toronto,
JHA, who is now the first ever USA athlete born in the 2000’s to
become an Olympian said: “It feels unbelievable to have qualified. I
thought I had lost my match in the semi-finals, but was so relieved
when I won. This tournament has been very stressful, but in the end,
it’s all worth it, as my dream has come true, and I am very excited
about going to the Olympic Games.”
Joining JHA on the plane to Rio from North America are Canada’s Eugene
Wang and USA’s Feng Yijun. Despite Timothy Wang losing to Jha, he will
still head to Rio as USA’s third player to play in the teams event, as
USA qualified the one team spot available.
America’s Lily Zhang, who qualified for London 2012 Olympic Games,
secured her second Olympic appearance without losing a match in
Zhang, who will still just be 20 years old when playing at Rio 2016
saidd: “I still can’t believe it! It feels like I’m in a cloud, so
excited and proud to represent the US at the Olympics. I definitely do
think this time around I’ll be more prepared and a little less star
The 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist ZHANG will be joined by
America’s WU Yue, who secured her spot by winning last year’s Pan
American Games, plus Canada’s ZHANG Mo, who will be competing in her
third Olympic Games.
As USA secured team qualification, ZHENG Jiaqi will also be heading to
Rio, as USA’s team player.