Lily Zhang is first American to medal in table tennis at an Olympic event

Lily Zhang is first American to medal in table tennis at an Olympic event

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Lily Zhang is first American to medal in table tennis at an Olympic event

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Teen Lily Zhang became the first American to earn a medal in table tennis in any Olympic-affiliated tournament — Associated Press

Teen Lily Zhang became the first American to earn a medal in table tennis in any Olympic-affiliated tournament — Associated Press

On Wednesday there was a major breakthrough for American women in competitive sports, and it had nothing to do with Mo’ne Davis.

Hours before the eyes of the nation were trained on Williamsport to take in Davis’ second start at the Little League World Series, American teenager Lily Zhang earned a bronze medal in table tennis at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China. The medal is the first table tennis medal ever captured by an American at an Olympic competition of any category.

In fact, Zhang’s medal performance — a 4-2 victory against Miyu Kato of Japan — was even notable far beyond American borders; it was the first ever ping pong medal won at any Olympic competition for any competitor from a nation in North, Central or South America.

Zhang has been one of the brightest hopes for U.S. table tennis hopes for some time. She competed at the London Olympics at the age of 16, and the Palto Alto native has also developed a friendship with famed investor Warren Buffet, a noted devotee of ping pong, along with fellow teenage American national team competitor Ariel Hsing.

The next time he takes on Zhang at a Berkshire-Hathaway event, he’ll be serving to a medalist. Something tells us he’ll be pretty excited to do so, too.

 

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