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Sports - April 27, 2012

Sports Shorts

PALY OLYMPIAN . . . It may be tough for Palo Alto High student Lily Zhang to return to her normal class schedule for the remainder of the school year. She just might have other things on her mind. Like, for instance, competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Zhang, 15, made the final day of the North American table tennis qualifier a good one for her country by claiming the final Olympic berth with a victory on Sunday in Cary, N.C. Zhang beat Canada's Anqi Luo in a five-game women's final for a spot in London."It feels like I've been waiting for this opportunity for so long. It's been my dream ever since I was a little kid," Zhang told The Associated Press. "And now that it's finally here, I just feel like it's still a dream." The 15-year-old Zhang joined San Jose's Ariel Hsing — her teammate and friend from the Palo Alto Table Tennis Club who earned her spot Friday — as American women qualifying for the Olympics. Zhang, who was born in Palo Alto in 1996, was a 2011 US National Championship finalist and won a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games in '11.

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