Chris Yan was born and grew up in Xi’An in China where he took up the sport of table tennis when he was 9. He moved to Australia at age 21 to study and after being encouraged by a friend to push for selection, will realise his Olympic dream in Rio.
Yan made his Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow in 2014. He lined up alongside Rio 2016 teammate David Powell and three-time Olympian William Henzell to finish 9th in the men’s doubles, finished 5th in the team event and 17th in the mixed doubles.
The 27-year-old was extremely impressive throughout the Oceania Championships going through undefeated to claim the 2016 title and move through to the Oceania Qualification Tournament. Despite losing his first match against Rio 2016 teammate David Powell he bounced back in his next match, defeating New Zealand’s Tengteng Liu in straight sets to secure his spot on the Australian Team.
One of Yan’s teammates in Rio will be her fiancé Sally Zhang whom he is a regular competitor with in doubles competition. The pair were engaged in 2015 and will be getting married after Rio.
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Singles Men, Team Men
Xi'An, China, Peoples Republic of
Hurstville, NSW, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 2nd - 2016 Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament (Bendigo, Australia)
- 1st - 2016 Oceania Championships (Bendigo, Australia)
- Men's Singles Champion at the 2016 ITTF Oceania Championships in Bendigo Australia.
- Men's Singles Champion at the 2015 National Table Tennis Senior top 10 in Tweed Heads, Australia.
- Mixed Double Champion at the 2015 National Table Tennis Championship in Croydon, Australia.
- Yanta Public School ( Shaanxi, China)
- 93rd College (Shaanxi, China)
- Advanced Diploma of translating - Sydney institute of interpreting and translating (2011-2013)
Jens Lang (2012-current)
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Pop music
- Dream car
- Nissan GTR
- Personal Motto
- I will never give up for my dream.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- my last meal
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My father
- Why this sport?
- Just like it.