'Legend' Fang Lay named for sixth Games

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Table tennis great Jian Fang Lay will add to her "living legend" status when she becomes only the sixth Australian to compete at six Commonwealth Games.

The 49-year-old mother of two from Melbourne, who also competed at her sixth Olympics last year, headlines the first six members of the table tennis team who are confirmed for the Birmingham Games.

"Her selection is a testament to her longevity and her skill. Jian is a living legend of Australian sport," said Table Tennis Australia chief executive Scott Houston.

Fang Lay equalled her best result at an Olympics last year when she reached the third round of the women's singles.

She has won seven Commonwealth Games medals - four silver and three bronze - but no gold.

"It is exciting to attend my sixth Commonwealth Games, I always love representing Australia on the world stage," Fang Lay said in a team statement.

"It is a great group who will be competing with me."

Shooter Bruce Quick holds the record with seven Commonwealth Games selections.

Fellow shooters Phillip Adams, Russell Mark and James Corbett and squash player David Palmer have also competed at six Games.

The six table tennis selections for Birmingham also feature Yangzi Liu, 19, who has enjoyed strong international form and won a senior title last year in Germany.

Min Hyung Lee, Nicholas Lum, Finn Luu and Dillon Chambers will also compete at the Games.

Fang Lay is the only member of the team who has competed at the Commonwealth Games.

The remaining two members of the team will be named after next month's national qualification tournament in Adelaide.

Up to eight para-table tennis team players will also compete at the Games and they are yet to be announced.

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