Oceania top seeds ready for Olympic Qualifications
December 4, 2019
Team Australia has arrived in Mornington ahead of the Oceania Olympic Team Qualifications which takes place on Friday 6th as the top seeds. Reigning Oceania Champions and 2016 Rio Olympic Qualifiers, Australia’s Men’s Team consisting of Heming Hu, Dave Powell, Kane Townsend, Chris Yan and Xavier Dixon prepare to defend their position and secure a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Oceania’s top seed and two-time Oceania Cup Champion, Heming Hu has just returned from his second appearance at the prestigious ITTF Men’s World Cup in China where he put on a spectacular performance against Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson, ultimately losing 4-1 to the much higher-ranked player. In the end, Hu was unable to make it out of the group stage, losing to Nigeria’s star Quadri Aruna 4-0, nevertheless, it was a great learning experience for the young Aussie.
“Compared with last year, I definitely felt I played at my best level throughout both matches. A great learning experience going forward and a huge confidence builder with more opportunities to be competitive amongst the World’s top 20 players.”
Hu heads to Mornington at the top of his game and will be one to watch as he leads to the team to a hopeful victory.
Teammates Kane Townsend and Xavier Dixon also recently returning from international competition where they teamed up with Dillon Chambers to take on the world’s best at the ITTF Team World Cup in Japan. In preparation for the event, they also participated in a two-day training camp in Nishiwaki City, just outside of Osaka in Japan. Although unable to claim a win against table tennis powerhouses Germany and Brazil, Townsend and Dixon are truly in top form for the Olympic Qualifications.
Team Australia in action at the #Tokyo2019 #ITTFWorldCup 🏓🇦🇺 Full results available ➡️https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5072/2019/team-world-cup/
With a golden ticket to Tokyo 2020 and a once in a lifetime opportunity on the line, all eyes will be on Australia. Only a few days to go until the big day, make sure you stay tuned for more updates.
More information about the Oceania Olympic Team Qualifications here.