Chris Yan | Australian Olympic Committee

Xin's Story

Fast Facts

Sport:  Table Tennis 
Event: Singles and Team
Olympic History: Rio 2016  
Year Born:  1988
Country Born: China

About Chris

Born in Xi’An in China, Xin (Chris) Yan began playing at nine and moved to Australia to study when he was 21.

He lined up for Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he finished 9th in the men’s doubles, 5th in the team event and 17th in the mixed doubles. 

Following a strong qualification period, Yan was selected to compete in both the singles and team event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

He went down in the opening round of the singles to Serbia’s Aleksander Karakasevic before lining up alongside David Powell and Heming Hu in the team event.


The trio faced Hong Kong in the best-of-five match series, going down 3-0 with Yan losing his singles and doubles matches in straight sets.

Following his Olympic debut, Yan represented Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. He competed in the singles, team and mixed team events, where he placed 17th, 5th and 9th respectively.

At the Australian Qualification Tournament for the 2020 Olympic Games Chris emerged as the event winner, narrowly defeating David Powell on a count back.

In winning this event, Yan secured his Tokyo Olympic spot and will be competing at his second Olympic Games in the singles and team event.

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