Jian Fang Lay will become only the second Australian women to compete at five Olympic Games in Rio, matching Sydney 2000 beach volleyball gold medallist Nat Cook’s record. At 43 she will also be Australia’s oldest table tennis athlete to compete at an Olympic Games.
Fang Lay was born in Wenzhou on the eastern coast of China and used to run away after school to avoid her coaching sessions. After her father encouraged her to play she collected junior titles before competing in the Open Nationals. Shortly after coming to Australia in 1994 she retired from the sport but this turned out to be short-lived. She secured a career high ranking of world number 45 in 1996 and would go on to represent Australia at her first Games in 2000.
Fang Lay made her Olympic debut at the Sydney Games where she finished 25th out of 34 in the singles event as a 27-year-old. She went on to compete in the singles (33rd) and doubles (25th) at Athens 2004 before returning to her country of birth for the Beijing 2008 Games where she claimed 49th and 9th in the singles and teams events.
She made history at the London 2012 Olympic Games when, alongside teammate Miao Miao, she became the first woman to make four Games appearances for Australia in table tennis. She narrowly missed out on progressing to the third round of the single event when she went down in a seven-set thriller to claim 33rd in the singles and another 9th in the teams event.
Fang Lay has won four silver and three bronze medals across four Commonwealth Games campaigns between 2002 and 2014. Her Glasgow 2014 experience featured a silver medal in the women’s doubles alongside Miao Miao and bronze in the women’s team event.
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Singles Women, Team Women
Wen Zhou, China, Peoples Republic of
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- 2008 Beijing - 49th (women's singles); 9th (women's team) 2004 Athens - 33rd (women's singles); 25th (women's doubles) 2000 Sydney - 25th (women's singles)
- 1st - 2016 Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament (Bendigo, Australia)
- 1st - 2016 Oceania Championships (Bendigo, Australia)
- 53rd - 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
- Winning the women's singles and doubles titles at the 2010 Australian Championships in Brisbane.
- Competing at the Sydney 2000, Athens, 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
- Winning multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games.
- Primary School in China
- Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Jorge Lay (1995-current)
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