Australia’s Miao Miao and Jian Fang Lay are set to make history in London after being selected for their fourth Olympic Games.
The pair have been Australia’s table tennis stalwarts since Sydney 2000 and like Leisel Jones in the swimming, they will become Australia’s first athletes in their chosen sport to compete at four Olympics.
As a 22-year-old at the Athens Games, he became the first Australian male to win matches in both the singles and doubles events.
He then made further history when he reached the third round of the singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“My Olympic experience will definitely help me in London,” the 29-year-old from Melbourne said.
“In Athens I was overawed by the whole experience of being at an Olympics and in Beijing I think I really learned from that.
“I stayed away from the hype and focused on my competition and played some of the best table tennis of my life.
It’s anticipated that a further two Australian athletes (one female and one male) will be nominated for selection at the conclusion of the Final World Olympic Qualification Tournament in May.