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The oldest table tennis player win tickets to Tokyo Olympic 2020

The oldest table tennis player win tickets to Tokyo Olympic 2020

The 1983 World Table tennis Championships Ni Xialian will have her fifth Olympic title after winning a bronze medal for Luxembourg at the 2019 European Games.

On June 26 in Minsk (Belarus), the final matches of the single-goal content of the European Games were held. 55-year-old Ni Xialian overcomes Yang Xiaoxin (Monaco) with the score 11-3, 3-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7 and 11-8 to win bronze medals and tickets to Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

"In the past, I did not bother to attend the Olympics, because it was so easy. However, this time I really wanted to. 3rd place is great. I never dreamed of winning the tournament and was completely satisfied with this result" Xialian said.

She is a Chinese-born player and has joined the national team to win the World Table tennis Championships in 1983. Xialian moved to Luxembourg in 1990 after getting married and wearing the Western European national team.

In 2000, Ni Xialian first appeared at the Olympics. After that, she continued to appear in Beijing Olympic 2008, London Summer Olympic 2012 and Rio Olympic 2016. She holds the record for the longest match in history with 1 hour 33 minutes in 2017.

Another record will be set by Luxembourg player next year. When attending the Tokyo Olympics, Xialian will turn 57. She became the oldest player in the history of table tennis’s Olympic. The previous record belonged to He Zhiwen, male athlete wearing a Spanish shirt for the Rio Olympics at age 54 but retiring after that.

Many Chinese players have taken over European countries after failing to compete in the hometown. At this year's European Games, Fu Yu (Portugal) won a gold medal when beating Han Ying (Germany).

As a rule, the three highest ranked players at the European Games in the men's and women's singles will be entitled to attend the Tokyo Olympics. Xialian's best performance at the Olympics was ranked 9th in 2000.