During the London Olympics some of my colleagues at RTE kept asking me when is Jike playing today and that showed how popular he was amongst other staff members. I always thought the best table tennis players I ever saw were Sweden's Jan Ove Waldner and China's Jiang Jialiang. Well that was until I saw Zhang Jike play. He is Superman and is the table tennis ''Man of Steel''.
A tribute to Zhang Jike is below and includes incredible early footage of how he got to where he is today.