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Top 10 Famous Chinese Athletes in the World

Xu Haifeng won the first gold medal for China at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Since then Chinese athletes have brought laurels to the world in many athletic events. Here is a list of top 10 most famous Chinese athletes including NBA player Yao Ming, Tennis player Li Na, Badminton player Lin Dan etc.

1. Yaoming 姚明 - basketball player

Yao Ming is one of the most famous athletes in the world from China. He was born on September 12, 1980 in Shanghai. Yao first played for the Shanghai Sharks and then their senior team in the CBA. From 2002–2011, he played for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Yao was selected to the NBA All-Star Game eight times, and was named to the All-NBA Team five consecutive times. He is now out of the NBA due to a series of foot and ankle injuries. Now he is the owner of the Shanghai Sharks basketball team and spends more time on charity.

2. Gao Ming 高敏 - Diver

Gao Min is a famous female Chinese diver of the 20th century. He was born on 7 September 1970 in Sichuan. Gao gained worldwide fame at the age of 16 when she won the women's springboard championship at the 5th World Swimming Championships. Gao won over 70 gold medals in her career, and is also a two-time gold medalist in the springboard events at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.

3. Liu Xiang 刘翔 - 110m hurdler

Liu Xiang is a famous Chinese 110 m hurdler. He won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He is the first male athlete to achieve the Grand Slam of the "Triple Crown" – world record holder, world champion and Olympic champion – in the history of 110 m hurdles.

4. Lining 李宁 - Gymnast

Li Ning was born on March 10, 1963 in Guangxi Province. He was a famous Chinese gymnast and is now a famous entrepreneur. Dubbed the "Prince of Gymnastics", Lee is most famous for winning 6 medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Now he has his own brand Li-Ning, a well-known sports brand selling footwear and sports apparel in China.

5. Zhuang Zedong 庄则栋 - table tennis player

Zhuang Zedong (1940 -2013) was a famous Chinese table tennis player. He was a three-time world table tennis champion and winner of several other table tennis events. In 1971, he became one of two central figures (the other being American table tennis player Glenn Cowan) in the "ping-pong diplomacy" that brought China and the United States closer together after two decades of standoff since 1949.

6. Lin Dan 林丹 - Badminton player

Lin Dan, born on 14 October 1983 in Fujian Province, is a world famous Chinese badminton player. He is considered the greatest badminton player of all time. He is the first men's singles player to retain an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. He is also a four-time world champion and a five-time All England champion.

7. Li Na 李娜 - Tennis player

Li Na (born 26 February 1982) is a Chinese professional tennis player. She is the first player from Asia to win a Grand Slam in singles and also the world's highest-ranked singles player from Asia. Li won the 2011 French Open singles title and the 2014 Australian Open final.

8. China women's national volleyball team 中国女排 - volleyball team

The China women's national volleyball team is one of the leading teams in the sport of women's international volleyball. The team won five consecutive world titles in the 1980s and won the Olympic title twice, at the 1984 Summer Olympics in LA and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

9. Xu Haifeng 许海峰 - Pistol shooter

Xu Haifeng was born on August 10, 1957 in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province. He is a male Chinese pistol shooter; Xu won the first gold medal for China at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, becoming the first man to win a gold medal for China at the Olympic Games. After retiring in 1995, he became the coach of the Chinese national shooting team.

10. Zhuang Yong 庄泳 - freestyle swimmer

Zhuang Yong was born on 10 August 1972 in Shanghai. He is a famous Chinese freestyle swimmer. He won the gold medal in the 100 m freestyle at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. This was China's first gold medal in swimming.

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