A most incredible number of titles in his possession, one of the most impressive in sport; China’s Feng Panfeng, a class 3 athlete, has no peers.
Feng Panfeng, men's singles and men's team gold in Rio de Janeiro
Listed in top spot on the world rankings, he starts as a clear favourite to add to his list of honours at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games; play commences in the Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday 25th August.
Born on Wednesday 20th December, similar to many of his teammates who compete in para table tennis events, Feng Panfeng was a victim of the Pizhou polio outbreak.
He attended New Hope Center in his childhood days, he was identified by Heng Xin, a local coach, as a young man with great promise.
The promise was realized, now 31 years old, he possesses every conceivable honour the sport has to offer. In sport for many leading players, there is just one big title missing from the repertoire, for Feng Panfeng, there are no gaps in the trophy cabinet.
He is the reigning Paralympic Games and Asian Games champion, as well as occupying the same exalted position in the World Championships and Asian Championships.
In Tokyo, the goal for Feng Panfeng is to win men’s singles class 3 gold for a stunning fourth consecutive time.
Notably on home soil in 2008, he prevailed in Beijing, then he performed successful title defences in London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016).
Moreover, in Tokyo he will be seeking a seventh gold medal.
Competing in men’s team class 3, in London he joined forces with Gao Yanming and Zhao Ping to secure the top prize; four years later with Zhai Xiang replacing Gao Yanming, he prevailed in Rio de Janeiro.
Gold Medals – Major Tournaments
Editor: Ian Marshall