At 31, he is the oldest of the seven SEA Games debutants in Singapore's 10-player, table-tennis squad in Naypyidaw.
But age has not entirely diminished the nerves that Zhan Jian felt as he led the title defence of the men's team over the past three days of competition.
"Sure, I felt nervous every time I put on national colours at these Games," he told The Straits Times.
"Singapore is well-established as the top table tennis country in the South-east Asia region.
"It has won so many SEA Games titles, so definitely I feel the pressure to win my matches and retain our titles."
But he steeled himself for the tasks ahead.
As both the first singles player and a doubles player, Zhan managed to keep a lid on any nerves to nab two of Singapore's points in their 3-0 men's team final victory over Thailand at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
On an adjacent court, the women's team from the Republic also managed to retain their gold medal.
They beat Thailand 3-0, mere moments after the men's team had snared the gold medal.