American table tennis player N. Kumar was born on January 1, 2003. At the 2020 Summer Olympics, held in Tokyo, Japan, he competed in the men’s singles competition.
The 2019 Pan American Games were held in Lima, Peru, and he and his team won gold there.
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India had finished much higher in the past, when it routinely won hockey’s gold medal, but that age cannot be directly compared to the present due to the proliferation of countries and, by extension, sports.
For instance, India placed 23rd overall in Moscow despite winning only one medal (the hockey gold medal). To put the contrast between the two eras into perspective, if India had performed the same way at Tokyo, it would have tied for 63rd place.
N. Kumar Believes That His Age Doesn’t Make a Difference to His Performance
Since N. Kumar has always competed against older opponents, he doesn’t think his age has any bearing on his ability. It doesn’t matter how old you are to play table tennis, because it’s all about skill.
He believes that younger guys are much more powerful and might easily beat him. In the Men’s U21 division, he won bronze in the 2020 ITTF Portugal Open and gold at the 2019 Pan American Games.
Other honours have been bestowed upon the Indo-American. The 18-year-old paddler started off her Olympic campaign in Tokyo with a resounding victory, completing the opening set in under three minutes.
N. Kumar will take this as encouragement as he meets Alberto Mino of Ecuador in the first round today.
As the youngest American TT player in Tokyo, he had an excellent start to his Olympic experience. He’s a San Jose, California native who’s been playing table tennis seriously since 2013 and has worked his way up to be a member of the National Table Tennis Team in the USA.
Top athletes like Lily Zhang, Liu Juon, and his Indo-American teammate Kanak Jha complete out the roster.