(; born February 19, 1980 in Shenyang
) is a male table tennis
player. He is the world's number four ranked player as of June, 2011 in the International Table Tennis Federation
He learned to play table tennis at the age of five and became a member of the provincial team in 1990. In 1994, he joined the Chinese national team. At the 2008 Summer Olympics
, Ma won gold in both the singles and team competitions, becoming the third Chinese male player to achieve this feat.
Ma Lin holds a professional era record of 5 major titles (4 World Cups, 1 Olympic Gold).
Style and equipment
Ma Lin uses the penhold grip
. An aggressive player, he is known for his converse unpredictable serves, heavy short push receives, fast footwork, and powerful third ball attacks. In addition to possessing a solid backhand push, Ma Lin also uses the reverse penhold backhand (RPB), an innovative stroke utilizing the underside of the blade which allows a penholder to produce topspin from both wings. The most dangerous weapon Ma Lin has in his arsenal, however, is his consistent forehand loop, which he often uses to end a point decisively.
Ma Lin is currently using a Yasaka Ma Lin Extra Offensive Penhold as his blade. He uses DHS Skyline 2 for his forehand, and Butterfly Bryce/Bryce Speed for his backhand.
In the China Table Tennis Super League
, Ma Lin played for Bayi Gongshang
, Shandong Luneng
, Guangdong Gotone
, Shaanxi Yinhe
and Ningbo Haitan
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