LUI GUOLIANG (1976) China / Table tennis
Table tennis-player Lui Guoiang travelled to Sydney to defend the two Olympic titles he had won in Atlanta in 1996. He only succeeded in retaining one, the doubles, together with fellow countryman Kong Linghui. By contrast, it was his doubles partner who snatched the individual title, while Lui Guoliang only managed to win bronze.The first player to achieve an Olympic double, he then managed another double at the world championships in 1999. Needless to say, this player was one of the greatest specialists in his sports in the late Nineties and the man who helped make his country one of the strongholds of table tennis.