Lin Gaoyuan AKA “The Dark Knight”

Lin Gaoyuan AKA “The Dark Knight”

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Today we are turning our attention to the superb 25 year old left handed Chinese star Lin Gaoyuan. Lin was the star of the weekend at the Chinese National Championships winning the team final and recording a massive 3-2 win over The GOAT Ma Long!

Here are 8 snippets on this exciting young player:

  • Lin’s father introduced him to Table Tennis at only 3 years old and put a Table Tennis table in the living room so he could practice any time he wanted!
  • He entered the Guangdong provincial team in 2004 and in 2009 at the age of just 9, he was selected for the National squad. His level at such a young age was incredible and he even represented China at the World Junior Championships the same year!
  • Gaoyuan played in the World Junior Championships for 4 consecutive years and brought home many medals, including 4 golds in the team event, gold in the 2012 doubles and amazingly he lost in the final of the boys singles 3 years in a row from 2010 – 2012! Still, 3 silvers is pretty good!
  • His world ranking history is very impressive as he broke into the top 10 in 2017, then the top 5 in 2018 in which he has stayed ever since, and achieved a highest ranking of #2 between from May – July 2019.
  • Lin became the first player from the Guangdong Province in 40 years to win a National Mixed Doubles when he and Liu Shiwen teamed up to win the gold in 2016.
  • The exciting left hander has earned massive respect from the Chinese coaches due to his work rate and perseverance through the obvious adversity and competition within the top Chinese players. He shows that hard work, determination and relentless practice pays off!
  • His most notable Singles achievements were a bronze and a silver in the 2017 & 2018 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals respectively, a gold in the 2018 World Team Cup and a gold in the 2018 World Team Championships. He has also won 3 ITTF Singles events, the 2017 Austrian Open and the 2019 Hungarian and Hong Kong Opens.
  • Lin Gaoyuan uses a Butterfly Lin Gaoyuan ALC Blade, DHS H3 National Blue on the F/H (Black) and Dignics 05 on the B/H (Red).

Please check out some of this brilliant young players best matches on YouTube!

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