Pang Xuejie

Paddler Pang Xuejie steps up as a leader

Every competition is an opportunity for an athlete to offer proof of progress. The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, which start on April 4, will be no different for Singapore's contingent. This is the last profile/Unfazed by big tasks ahead compared to 2010, he aims to lead by example on and off the court

Eight years ago, a fresh-faced 17-year-old Pang Xuejie was part of the national men's table tennis team who won two golds and two silvers at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Singapore's paddlers finished top overall with six golds, five silvers and a bronze.

While he came home with a gold medal in the team event, Pang played just one of 19 matches in total, as seniors such as Gao Ning, Cai Xiaoli, Yang Zi and Ma Liang took on the rest of the matches.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'Taking the big step up as a leader'. Print Edition | Subscribe