Yo Kan

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Yo Kan
Nationality  Japan
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Born (1978-10-19) 19 October 1978 (age 38)
Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Playing style Right-handed, penhold[1]
Highest ranking 17 (April 2008)[2]
Current ranking 99 (December 2012)[2]
Club Tokyo Art[1]
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)

Yo Kan (韓陽, Kan Yo, born October 19, 1978 in Shenyang, Liaoning), or Han Yang in Chinese, is a Japanese table tennis player of Chinese origin.[3] He won two gold medals in the men's singles at the 2007 ITTF Pro Tour series in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and in Santiago, Chile.[4][5] As of December 2012, Kan is ranked no. 99 in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).[2] Kan is a member of the table tennis team for Tokyo Art Club in Tokyo, Japan, and is coached and trained by Ryo Yuzawa.[1] Kan is also right-handed, and uses offensive, penhold grip.[1]

Representing his adopted nation Japan, Kan qualified for the men's singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, by earning an entry score of 12,000.75 points, and being selected as one of the top 15 seeded players from ITTF's Computer Team Ranking List.[6] He received three byes in the preliminary rounds, before defeating Russia's Alexei Smirnov in the fourth match. Kan progressed to the round of sixteen match, where he lost to Chinese table tennis player and Olympic silver medalist Wang Hao, with a set-score of 1–4.[7]

Kan also joined with his fellow players Seiya Kishikawa and Jun Mizutani for the inaugural men's team event. He and his team progressed to the knock-out stage by winning the preliminary pool round against Hong Kong, Nigeria, and Russia, with a total of six points and three straight victories. They lost the semi-final match to the German team (led by Dimitrij Ovtcharov), with a sudden death set score of 2–3, but offered another shot for the bronze medal by entering the play-offs.[8] Kan and his team, however, were defeated in the second play-off by the Austrian trio Chen Weixing, Robert Gardos, and former world champion Werner Schlager, with a set score of 1–3.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d "ITTF World Player Profile – Yo Kan". ITTF. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "ITTF World Ranking – Yo Kan". ITTF. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Yo Kan". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Marshall, Ian (15 April 2007). "Kan Yo in his First Ever ITTF Pro Tour Final Captures Gold in Brazil". ITTF. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Marshall, Ian (22 April 2007). "Victory in Belo Horizonte, Now Success for Kan Yo in Santiago". ITTF. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "ITTF World Rankings – Men's Singles (Beijing 2008)" (PDF). ITTF. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Men's Singles Fourth Round". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Men's Team Semifinal 2". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Men's Team Bronze Play-off Round 2". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "China wins women's team competition". Associated Press. NBC Olympics. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 

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