'Anything is possible': Aussie sets Olympic history with insane feat

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Olympian Jian Fang Lay (pictured) hits the table tennis ball.
Olympian Jian Fang Lay (pictured) created history after being selected in her sixth Olympic Games for Australia. (Getty Images)

Olympian Jian Fang Lay has achieved Aussie history after being selected in her sixth Games for table tennis.

Born in China, Jian moved to Australia in 1994 to become one of the country's all-time greats, winning 24 Oceania titles and 30 national crowns.

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Now, Jian has created Australian history at the age of 48 after joining a select few athletes to compete at six Olympic Games.

She will join Equestrian Mary Hanna as the only two women to compete for Australia in six Games.

Only a number of athletes in Olympic history have also achieved this feat.

"I never would've imagined that I'd be the first woman to represent Australia at six Olympics," said Jian, who will play in the teams and singles events.

"I hope this will inspire more girls to play table tennis. As long as you have a dream, anything is possible."

Jian's Olympic history

Jian first competed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Her best result came at the 2016 Olympic Games when she made it to the third round.

Only Nigeria's Olufunke Oshonaike has competed in more Olympic Games (7) in table tennis.

The feat comes days after Aussie equestrian Andrey Hoy was selected for his eighth Olympic Games.

Hoy, 62, first competed at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

He has won three gold (which included one in Sydney) and a silver during his time at the Olympics.

with AFP

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