Wang Hao

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Birth DateDec. 15, 1983 (age 33)
GenderMale
GripPenhold
Teams
Chinese National Team
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Bayi
Country China

Equipment

Forehand Rubber DHS Skyline III
Blade DHS Hurricane Hao

Top Achievements

2010 World Cup Men Singles Champion
2009 World Table Tennis Championship Men Single Champion
2009 Chinese National Games Men Singles Champion

Wang Hao was born and raised in Changchun, China. He started his professional training in year 1992 and he quickly established himself as a main force not just in the Chinese National Team but also in men's table tennis. 

Since the age of 10, Wang Hao has already shown signs of being a world champion. He had a special admission in the Changchun Sport School and became the youngest athlete at that time. Still young, Wang Hao didn't take defeat very easily. Every time he competes, he always challenges older players. Although he lost more, he kept on fighting. 

Eventually, his hard work led to rapid progress. In 1996, when Wang Hao was still 13 years old, he was able to finish third in the Chinese Junior Competition and he was able to attract the attention of several table tennis clubs. He got a lot of invitation but his father, Wang Zhongquan gracefully declined the invitations. 

Wang Hao was sent to the Bayi Team. In his two years in the Bayi Team, Wang Hao's growth was steady and fast and in no time, he stood out, which led him into the National Team. In 2002, Wang Hao won the Egyptian Open Men's Singles title and got him into the top 10 of the world. Wang Hao was then known to be one of the most promising players at that time. 

In 2004, the 19-year old Wang Hao was given great trust by the coaching staff after being selected to be part of the Chinese Olympic lineup for the Athens Olympics. Despite the young age, Wang Hao showed surprising performances leading him into the finals against Ryu Seung Min. But it is in the final hurdle where his lack of Olympic experience took its toll. He lost the match and had to settle for the silver. 

Such loss was traumatic for Wang Hao and he eventually developed a fear of the finals. He struggled further for several major competitions. But in 2006, during the Doha Asian Games, Wang Hao was able to break the curse. He won against Ma Lin and took the title. 

In 2008, Wang Hao was once again selected for the Beijing Olympics. He reached the finals once again but lost to compatriot Ma Lin and he settled for silver for the second consecutive time. He lost the Singles but won the Men's Team gold with Wang Liqin and Ma Lin. 

In 2009, Wang Hao redeemed himself and consecutively won two world titles: the Yokohama World Championships and the Men's World Cup. Wang Hao continued to dominate the men's table tennis despite the emergence of new players, Ma Long and Zhang Jike. Who would have known that one of them will become his familiar opponent in the succeeding competitions. 

Wang Hao still had a chance to complete his Grand Slam but Zhang Jike took that away from him. In the 2012 London Olympics, Wang Hao and Zhang Jike played in the Men's Singles and both reached the finals. Zhang Jike dominated the match and took home the gold leaving Wang Hao for his third silver in the Olympics. 

During an interview after the final match, Wang Hao was teary eyed knowing that it was his last chance to be an Olympic champion. His sadness was short-lived as he accepted his fate as a player. In 2013, Wang Hao showed an impeccable performance in the Paris World Championships where he defeated the formidable Ma Long in the semifinals. Wang Hao finished second in that competition after losing to Zhang Jike in their fourth straight encounter in a world competition finals. 

At the age of 30, Wang Hao is already nearing his retirement and it is already impossible for Wang Hao to play in the next Olympics. He may not have completed the Grand Slam but his experiences, contribution and journey are already etched in the table tennis history. 

Wang Hao News Feed

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    Zhang Jike Got Wang Hao’S Support (Videos)

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    Wang Hao Hopes Fan Zhendong To Be In The Olympics

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  • No Wang Hao, No Zhang Jike

    No Wang Hao, No Zhang Jike

    China All players have their weak moments in their respective careers and for Wang Hao, it was in 2010 when he gave up his seat in the finals against Germany in the World Championships. This opportunity was given to Zhang Jike ...
  • Wang Hao Won The World

    Wang Hao Won The World

    China Wang Hao of course felt depressed with his performance in two Olympic Games. When he lost the third one, he said that he was not that sad anymore. For him, he has already accepted that the London Olympics was his ...
  • Wang Hao Almost Gave Up Table Tennis In 2008

    Wang Hao Almost Gave Up Table Tennis In 2008

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  • Wang Hao Disappointed On Tv

    Wang Hao Disappointed On Tv

    China Ever since Wang Hao retired from being an athlete, he was already out of the spotlight but recently he made it into the headlines of different Chinese sporting websites once again. As he had his TV appearance recently, the Olympic ...
  • Ding Ning/Wang Hao Vs Müller/Lahm (Video)

    Ding Ning/Wang Hao Vs Müller/Lahm (Video)

    China Clash of world champions! German football club FC Bayern München is on tour in China and players couldn't miss the chance to play table tennis. Thomas Müller and Philipp Lahm had the chance to play gainst Ding Ning, Wang Hao ...
  • Wu Jingping Reminisce On Ma Lin & Wang Hao

    Wu Jingping Reminisce On Ma Lin & Wang Hao

    China Before coaching the current players, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, Wu Jingping was once the coach of two of the strongest players in the past decade, Ma Lin and Wang Hao. Now that they have retired, Wu Jingping can still ...
  • Wang Hao Guides Fan Zhendong In Training

    Wang Hao Guides Fan Zhendong In Training

    China After roughly 6 months since retirement, Wang Hao visits the Closed Training of the Chinese Men’s Team in Xiamen. As the new coach of the Bayi Team, Wang Hao pays more attention to his former teammate, Fan Zhendong. Wang Hao ...
  • Wang Hao Feeling Some Pressure

    Wang Hao Feeling Some Pressure

    China Wang Hao has already embraced his new job as the head coach of the Bayi Team. Although he said that he is feeling more confident in his responsibilities, pressure can not totally be eradicated. In his recent interview, he revealed ...
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