Chris Yan

Chris Yan

Table Tennis Schedule & Results

(Local) / 03:00 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Men's Team Round 1

0 (Lost)

3 (Won)


Hong Kong, China

Chris Yan

(Local) / 10:30 AM 6 Aug (Rio)
Men's Singles Preliminary Round

4 (Won)

2 (Lost)

Aleksandar Karakasevic

Xin Yan

Chris Yan

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Athlete Biography

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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Olympic Information

  • Rio will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 2nd - 2016 Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament (Bendigo, Australia)
  • 1st - 2016 Oceania Championships (Bendigo, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • 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.


  • Primary
    Yanta Public School ( Shaanxi, China)
  • Secondary
    93rd College (Shaanxi, China)
  • Tertiary
    Advanced Diploma of translating - Sydney institute of interpreting and translating (2011-2013)


  • Coach
    Jens Lang (2012-current)
  • Primary Training Base
    Sydney, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Shijiazhuang, China


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.