The 2016 Summer Olympics, commonly known as Rio 2016, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, will take place at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016. As an enthusiastic table tennis fan, have you ever wondered what the highlights of the big event are or what is special about the cast of each National team player, totally 172 players? Either you have the same question or you want to know more about the incoming Rio 2016, just keep reading this article!
最年輕奧運桌球選手(Youngest Ever Male Table Tennis Olympian)
The Rio 2016 has a youngest ever male table tennis Olympian, Kanak Jha, born at 19 June 2000. He grew up near San Jose, California, in the city of Milpitas, to parents who had emigrated from India. Additionally, he has performed well in table tennis. Recently, he won a ticket of team event for USA team.
Photo of Kanak Jha. Photo credit: ITTF.
誰人稱霸單打武林(Battles for Men’s Single’s Medals)
此次男子單打頗有看頭，各路好手無不摩拳擦掌，覬覦奧運單打金牌。中國派出了世界排名第一高手馬龍（MA Long）與尋求職涯第二座大滿貫、野性十足的張繼科（ZHANG Jike），日本水谷隼（MIZUTANI Jun）韌性十足絕不輕言放棄，南韓李尚洙（LEE Sangsu）準備為祖國爭光，2012倫敦奧運止步四強的中華臺北（臺灣）好手莊智淵（CHUANG Chih-Yuan）這次捲土重來希望創造歷史佳績，另一位臺灣好手陳建安（CHEN Chien-An）有望衝擊其他好手。德國好手奧洽洛夫（Dimitrij Ovtcharov）實力不容小覷，另外也別忘了關注德國長青樹波爾（Timo Boll）與白俄羅斯選手薩姆索諾夫（Vladimir Samsonov）的表現。疾風知勁草，狹路相逢勇者勝，讓我們拭目以待勝利女神會對哪一位高手微笑吧！
The battles for men’s single’s medals are on fire. China sends MA Long, the world number one player, and ZHANG Jike, struggling for his second career grand slam, to capture the men’s single’s gold medal. In the fierce competition, Japan player MIZUTANI Jun will not give up certainly. South Korean player LEE Sangsu prepares himself to fight for the glory of his country. Stopped at semifinal in 2012 London Olympics, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) player CHUANG Chih-Yuan yearns better performance in the Rio 2016. Another young and energetic Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) player CHENG Chien-An is ready to impact other players. German Dimitrij Ovtcharov is another possible candidate of medal winners. Last but not least, we shall not forget experienced players such as German player Timo Boll and Blearusian player Vladimir Samsonov. The ball is round and let’s see who will laugh at last!