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Famous Athletes from China

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List of famous athletes from China, listed alphabetically with photos when available. China has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Chinese athletes of all time, so if you're a native of China and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from China then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Everyone from Chen Lu to Chen Nan is included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Chinese athletes?" and "Which athletes are from China?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of China in order to get more information about each one.
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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese ...more
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Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Yao Ming is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He was selected to start for the Western Conference in the ...more
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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised ...more
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Wong Jing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Ging Wong is a film producer.
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Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Li Lianjie, better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalised Singaporean ...more
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Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Yang Sze, better known as Bolo Yeung, is a former competitive bodybuilder and a martial arts film actor. Primarily cast as the villain in the movies he stars in, he is best known for his ...more
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Wong Pei Tty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Wong Pei Tty is a female badminton player from Malaysia. Wong competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in women's doubles with partner Chin Eei Hui. They defeated Shizuka Yamamoto and ...more
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Pang Qing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Pang Qing is a Chinese pair skater. With partner Tong Jian, she is the 2010 Olympic silver medalist, the 2006 and 2010 World Champion, a five-time Four Continents champion and the 2008 Grand ...more
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Wang Meng is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Wang Meng is a Chinese short track speed skater. She is a four-time Olympic Champion and 2008 and 2009 Overall World Champion. She is the most decorated Chinese Winter Olympic athlete ever with ...more
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Li Nina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Li Nina is a Chinese aerial skier who won silver at both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. She placed 5th at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and has won the last three World Championships in aerials. ...more
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Cheng Fei is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Cheng Fei is a retired Chinese gymnast. She is a three-time World Champion on the vault and 2006 World Champion on floor exercise. She was a member of the gold medal-winning Chinese teams for ...more
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Zheng Jie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Zheng Jie is a Chinese professional tennis player. Her career high ranking is World No. 15 which she achieved on 18 May 2009. As of 9 June 2014, Zheng is ranked World No. 90 in singles and World ...more
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Zhang Dan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Zhang Dan is a Chinese pair skater. With Zhang Hao, she is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time Four Continents champion, and a three-time World silver medalist. Zhang Dan retired from ...more
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Fu Mingxia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Fu Mingxia is a top female diver, multiple Olympic gold medalist and world champion. Chinese diver Fu Mingxia won the platform-diving world championship in 1991 at the age of 12, making her the ...more
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Xinxin Guo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Xinxin Guo is a freestyle skier.
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Li Na is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Li Na is a Chinese former professional tennis player, who achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 2 on the WTA Tour on 17 February 2014, but retired from the sport seven months later due to ...more
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Wang Chunlu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Wang Chunlu is a Chinese short track speed skater. She won medals in the 500 m and 3000 m relay at the 2002 Winter Olympics. She had also already won a relay silver medal at the 1998 Winter ...more
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Huang Hong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Huang Hong is a Chinese skit and sitcom actor and writer. He is also less successful as a TV series and movie producer and director. Born in Harbin, he joined the PLA when he was only 13. He ...more
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Helga Haase is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Helga Haase was a speed skater in East Germany. She was born in Danzig and died in East Berlin.
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Du Li is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Du Li is a female Chinese sport shooter who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, where she won the gold medal in the women's 10 metre air rifle competition. She has achieved the maximum 400 in ...more
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Guo Shuang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Guo Shuang is a Chinese professional track cyclist. She won two bronze medals at the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, in Sprint and Keirin, and two silver medals at the 2007 UCI Track ...more
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Sun Dandan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Sun Dandan is a Chinese short track speed skater, who won silver medals in the 3000 m relay at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.
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Liu Xianying is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Xianying Liu is a biathlete.
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Huang Shanshan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Huang Shanshan is a female Chinese trampoline gymnast who won Bronze in the individual competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, she finished in second place.
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Wang Bingyu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Wang Bingyu is a Chinese curler. She is currently the skip of the Chinese national team. In 2009 she became the first non Northern American or European skip to win a World Championships.