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Ma Long
(Chinese Table Tennis Player Considered One of the Greatest)
Ma Long
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Birthdate: October 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Anshan, China

Ma Long created history by becoming the first male table tennis player to score a Double Grand Slam and has 5 Olympic gold medals in his kitty. Known for his forehands and looping shots, he has also earned nicknames such as the Dictator and the Dragon, and is a national hero in China.

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Ma Lin
(Chinese Retired Table Tennis Player)
Ma Lin
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Birthdate: February 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shenyang, China

Three-time Olympic champion Ma Lin is the only male table tennis player with wins in the singles, the doubles, and the team events in the Olympics. He is also a 9-time world champion. Now a successful coach, he also often collaborates with the table tennis equipment brand Yasaka, to develop new products.

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Jan-Ove Waldner
(Swedish Former Table Tennis Player)
Jan-Ove Waldner
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Birthdate: October 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Timo Boll
(German Professional Table Tennis Player)
Timo Boll
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Birthdate: March 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Erbach im Odenwald, Germany
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Zhang Jike
(Chinese Table Tennis Player and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Zhang Jike
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Birthdate: February 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Qingdao, China

Zhang Jike is a Chinese professional table tennis player who won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in men's singles, becoming only the fourth male player to achieve a career Grand Slam in the history of table tennis. He also has two other Olympic gold medals and seven World Championship gold medals under his belt.

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Liu Shiwen
(One of the Fastest Table Tennis Players in the World)
Liu Shiwen
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Birthdate: April 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liaoning, China

Olympic gold medalist Liu Shiwen has also won 5 World Cup and 4 Asian Cup titles. She also has an Olympic silver in her kitty. One of the fastest players in the table tennis circuit, she has also been riddled with injuries, such as her elbow injury which took away most of 2020.

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Ding Ning
(Chinese Former Table Tennis Player)
Ding Ning
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Birthdate: June 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Daqing, Heilongjiang, China

Eight-time world champion Ding Ning also has 4 Olympic medals, 3 of which are gold. The former Chinese table tennis sensation announced her retirement on Weibo in 2021. She is now pursuing a university course in physical education. She earned the unofficial title of the Queen of Hearts for her popularity.

 8 
Ai Fukuhara
(Retired Japanese Table Tennis Player and Olympic Medalist)
Ai Fukuhara
10
Birthdate: November 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sendai, Japan
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Wang Hao
(Chinese Retied Table Tennis Player)
Wang Hao
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Birthdate: December 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Changchun, China

Wang Hao is a Chinese former table tennis player best known for his ability to perform the Reverse Penhold Backhand with exceptional skill. A former world number 1, Wang helped his team win the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Wang Hao also has three Olympic silver medals under his belt.

 10 
Zhang Yining
(One of the Greatest Table Tennis Players in the Sport's History)
Zhang Yining
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Birthdate: October 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Zhang Yining is a Chinese retired table tennis player best known for winning four Olympic gold medals during her career. Regarded as one of the greatest female table tennis players of all time, Zhang won 10 World Championships and four World Cups. She is also one of the most celebrated and successful female players in the history of table tennis.

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Wang Liqin
(Chinese Retired Table Tennis Player)
Wang Liqin
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Birthdate: June 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Wang Liqin is a Chinese former professional table tennis player who was selected to represent his country at the age of 15. A former world number 1, Wang won 11 World Championships, three World Cups, four Asian Games gold medals, and two Olympic Games gold medals during his playing career. He also has two Olympic bronze medals under his belt.

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Jean-Michel Saive
(Former Belgian Table Tennis Player)
Jean-Michel Saive
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Birthdate: November 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium

Jean-Michel Saive is a Belgian former table tennis player best known for competing in seven successive Olympic Games between 1988 and 2012. He won two silver medals at World Championships and six medals at the European Championships during his career. Jean-Michel Saive achieved popularity in 1994 when he won a gold medal at the European Championships in Birmingham.

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Deng Yaping
(One of the Greatest Table Tennis Players in the History of the Sport)
Deng Yaping
3
Birthdate: February 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zhengzhou, China
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
 14 
Li Xiaoxia
(Chinese Table Tennis Player)
Li Xiaoxia
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Birthdate: January 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Anshan, Liaoning, China

Li Xiaoxia is a Chinese professional table tennis player best known for winning two gold medals at the 2012 Olympics in London. She then went on to win a gold medal and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. Li Xiaoxia has also won nine World Championship titles and seven World Cups so far in her illustrious career.

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Vladimir Samsonov
(Belarusian Retired Table Tennis Player)
Vladimir Samsonov
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Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Vladimir Samsonov is a Belarusian retired table tennis player. Renowned for his superb all-around style, Samsonov took part in six successive Olympic Games between 1996 and 2016. Samsonov is also known for winning the Table Tennis World Cup thrice and the European Championship on six occasions. He also won two silver medals and one bronze medal at the World Championships.

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Fan Zhendong
(Chinese Professional Table Tennis Player)
Fan Zhendong
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Birthdate: January 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Chinese table tennis player Fan Zhendong currently holds the number one position in men’s singles. In a personal statement on his fan forum on Sina Weibo, he mentioned how he hates extreme fan reactions. In 2012, he was the youngest member of the Chinese national table tennis team.

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Feng Tianwei
(Singaporean Retired Table Tennis Player)
Feng Tianwei
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Birthdate: August 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 18 
Xu Xin
(Chinese Professional Table Tennis Player)
Xu Xin
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Birthdate: January 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xuzhou, China

Table tennis player Xu Xin remains one of the rare penhold grip players in China. Currently ranked world number 3, he won a silver in the mixed doubles in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, along with partner Liu Shiwen. He teamed up with Shiwen again to win a National Games gold in 2021.

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Liu Guoliang
(Chinese Retied Table Tennis Player)
Liu Guoliang
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Birthdate: January 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xinxiang, Henan, China

Liu Guoliang is a Chinese former professional table tennis player best known for winning two gold medals in the 1996 Olympic Games. He went on to win World Table Tennis Championships and Table Tennis World Cup, becoming only the second male player to achieve a career grand slam. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

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Kong Linghui
(Chinese Table Tennis Player)
Kong Linghui
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Birthdate: October 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harbin, Heilongjiang, China

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kong Linghui also has 8 World Championship and 5 Asian Championship gold medals in his kitty. Named to the national table tennis team at age 16, he later popularized his “shake hands grip” style. He was once sued by a Singapore hotel for failing to repay borrowed money.

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Mima Ito
(Japanese Table Tennis Player)
Mima Ito
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Birthdate: October 21, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
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Li Jiawei
(Singaporean Table Tennis Player)
Li Jiawei
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Birthdate: August 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Li Jiawei is a Chinese-born retired Singaporean professional table tennis player who represented Singapore in the 2008 and 2012 OlympicS, winnsng a silver medal and a bronze medal, respectively. In 2010, she helped her team win the gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow. Li Jiawei announced her retirement after the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Ryu Seung-min
(South Korean Table Tennis Player)
Ryu Seung-min
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Birthdate: August 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Matthew Syed
(British Journalist, Broadcaster and Former Table Tennis Player)
Matthew Syed
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Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England
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Tomokazu Harimoto
(Japanese Professional Table Tennis Player)
Tomokazu Harimoto
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Birthdate: June 27, 2003
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Zoran Primorac
(Table tennis player)
Zoran Primorac
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Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jörgen Persson
(Swedish Table Tennis Player)
Jörgen Persson
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Birthdate: April 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Halmstad, Sweden
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Liang Jingkun
(Chinese Professional Table Tennis Player)
Liang Jingkun
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Birthdate: October 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tangshan, Hebei, China
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Wang Nan
(Chinese Table Tennis Player)
Wang Nan
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Birthdate: October 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fushun, Liaoning, China
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Lin Yun-ju
(Table tennis player)
Lin Yun-ju
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Birthdate: August 17, 2001
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yuanshan Township, Taiwan
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Zak Abel
(English-Moroccan Singer-Songwriter, Musician and Table Tennis Player)
Zak Abel
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Birthdate: March 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
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Sun Yingsha
(Chinese Professional Table Tennis Player)
Sun Yingsha
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Birthdate: November 4, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

Olympic gold medalist table tennis player Sun Yingsha is also an Asian Games champion and a world champion. She created headlines when it came to light that she hadn’t been told about her grandmother’s death till the Tokyo Olympics ended, as she was already training for the games during the tragedy.

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Kasumi Ishikawa
(Japanese Retired Table Tennis Player)
Kasumi Ishikawa
3
Birthdate: February 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
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Werner Schlager
(Austrian Table Tennis Player and World Champion)
Werner Schlager
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Birthdate: September 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Austrian table tennis player Werner Schlager was 6 when he began his training in tennis under his father and brother, both of whom were top players. A former World Champion, he is also a 5-time Olympian. He has his own tennis academy and has also published a book on tennis.

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Bernadette Szocs
(Romanian Table Tennis Player)
Bernadette Szocs
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Birthdate: March 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Târgu Mureș, Romania

Hungarian-origin Romanian table tennis player Bernadette Szocs had the highest rank of 14 in the International Table Tennis Federation rankings and once topped the European Table Tennis Union ranking. A 2-time Olympian, she also has an older brother, Hunor, who is a national table tennis player.

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Lily Zhang
(American Table Tennis Player Who Was Five Time Us National Champion in Women’s Singles)
Lily Zhang
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Birthdate: June 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redwood City, California
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Ariel Hsing
(American Table Tennis Player)
Ariel Hsing
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Birthdate: November 29, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fremont, California, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Dimitrij Ovtcharov
(Ukrainian-Born German Table Tennis Player)
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
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Birthdate: September 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Chuang Chih-yuan
(Table tennis player)
Chuang Chih-yuan
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Birthdate: April 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Jun Mizutani
(Japanese Retired Table Tennis Player)
Jun Mizutani
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Birthdate: June 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 41 
Will Bayley
(British Professional Paralympic Table Tennis Player and Paralympic Gold Medalist)
Will Bayley
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Birthdate: January 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Koki Niwa
(Japanese Table Tennis Player)
Koki Niwa
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Birthdate: October 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Shoko Takahashi
(Japanese Former International Table Tennis Player)
Shoko Takahashi
3
Birthplace: Japan
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Manika Batra
(Indian Table Tennis Player)
Manika Batra
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Birthdate: January 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Ivor Montagu
(English Filmmaker, Screenwriter and Table Tennis Player)
Ivor Montagu
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Birthdate: April 23, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: November 5, 1984
 46 
Lin Gaoyuan
(Chinese Retied Table Tennis Player)
Lin Gaoyuan
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Birthdate: March 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shenzhen, China

Lin Gaoyuan is a Chinese professional table tennis player who helped his team win gold medals at the 2018 World Championships, World Cup, and Asian Games. In 2018, he also won the singles silver medal at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals and Asian Games.

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Jenny Ovtcharov
(Swedish Table Tennis Player)
Jenny Ovtcharov
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Birthdate: October 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 48 
Fred Perry
(British Tennis & Table Tennis Player Who Won Eight Grand Slam Tournaments & Two Pro Slam Singles Titles)
Fred Perry
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Birthdate: May 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portwood, Stockport, England
Died: February 2, 1995

Fred Perry was a British tennis player. A former world No. 1, Perry won three successive Wimbledon Championships from 1934. He won eight Grand Slam tournaments, including a Career Grand Slam. He was the first player and only British player to date to achieve a Career Grand Slam. Also a table tennis player, Perry was the world champion in 1929.

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Chen Meng
(Chinese Professional Table Tennis Player)
Chen Meng
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Birthdate: January 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Qingdao, Shandong, China

Chinese table tennis player Chen Meng is the current world number 1 in singles. She also impressed her fans with her double gold wins at the Olympic debut in the Tokyo Olympics. She has countless other medals in her kitty, from all major championships, such as the Asian Games and the World Championships.

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Yau-Man Chan
(Table tennis player)
Yau-Man Chan
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Birthdate: August 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Yau-Man Chan is a Malaysian technology executive, table tennis player, and reality television participant. He is best known for appearing on the popular reality television series Survivor: Fiji. He also went on to participate in Survivor: Micronesia, where he became the third contestant to be eleminated. 

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