Syrian ping pong superstar Hend Zaza, 11, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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She will likely be the youngest athlete at the upcoming summer games, closely followed by 12-year-old British skateboarder Sky Brown

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Table tennis player Hend Zaza, 11, will represent Syria at the Toyko 2020 Olympics.

Hend Zaza, an 11-year-old Syrian table tennis player, has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. She defeated Lebanon's Mariana Sahakian, 42, 4-3 in the women's finals at the West Asia Olympic qualification tournament in Jordan last week to qualify.

She'll likely be the youngest athlete at the games, with 12-year-old British skateboarder Sky Brown close behind.

Zaza, who is ranked 155th in the world, will compete representing Syria in the Olympics. She's the first Syrian athlete to compete in table tennis at the Olympics.

She will also be the fifth-youngest athlete ever to compete at the Olympics.

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According to the International Olympic Committee, the youngest athlete to ever medal at the Olympics is gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who was 10 years old when he competed for Greece's gymnastics team in 1896. Loundras ended up winning won a bronze medal in the team parallel bars.

Zaza is the youngest athlete to qualify for the 2020 Olympics so far, and is just a few months younger than British skateboarder Sky Brown, who will turn 12 before the games begin.

The Syria Olympic Committee celebrated Zaza's win on Facebook, saying: Congratulations our champion Hend is going to the Tokyo Olympics 2020."

The Olympics kick off on July 24 and will continue through August 9. The women's singles table tennis tournament starts on July 25. Finals will take place on July 30.

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