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The First American Born In The 2000s To Qualify For The Olympics Is A Ping-Pong Player

16 Year Old Olympic Ping Pong Champion

Ping-pong, or table tennis as it’s referred to by the pros, is a game of finesse. We like to have fun with this beautiful game here at Grandex and I used to dabble a bit as a kid so I know how heated it can get. Although, I guess I have known that table tennis is an Olympic sport, it’s definitely one of those fringe events where you’ll find yourself watching it and going “I can’t believe this is an Olympic sport.” But it is, and this year at the Rio games everyone needs to be keeping an eye on a 16-year-old from California named Kanak Jha. The first person from America born after the Y2K scare to ever qualify for the Olympics is going to be a table tennis player and we all should be excited because this kid can straight ball.

If you don’t follow the US Men’s Table Tennis circuit, I really don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Every match is electric. But they’re very far behind on the international scale, with countries like China, South Korea, and Japan dominating headlines year in and year out. Kanak Jha may be our ticket to Olympic gold someday.

Jha’s forehand is formidable, to say the least, and while I doubt he’ll be able to hold the Ma Long’s jockstrap this year (China’s 2015 World Champion), it’s still pretty cool that our youngest American (at least for now) at the games is going to be a ping pong player. The kids got a whole lot of upside and I’m calling it right now: Kanak Jha will be your 2024 Table Tennis Olympic Champion.

[via Business Insider]

Image via Filipe Frazao / Shutterstock

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Johnny D

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