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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.

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Li Lei is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Li Lei is a retired female javelin thrower from PR China. Her personal best throw is 63.69 metres, achieved in June 2000 in Jinzhou. This is the current Chinese record. She won the gold medals ...more

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Shen Xue is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Shen Xue is a female Chinese pair skater. With her partner and husband Zhao Hongbo, Shen is the 2010 Olympic champion, the 2002 & 2006 Olympic bronze medalist, a three-time World champion, a ...more

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Yue Qingshuang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Yue Qingshuang is a Chinese curler. She currently plays second on the Chinese national team, skipped by Wang Bingyu. Yue played in her first international tournament at the 2002 Pacific Curling ...more

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Zhang Hui is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Hui Zhang is a short track speed skater.

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Liu Yin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Liu Yin is a Chinese curler from Harbin. She plays third on the Chinese national team, skipped by Wang Bingyu. Liu has played internationally for China since 2002, when she was an alternate on ...more

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Chen Yueling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Chen Yueling is now an American race walker, who became the first ever female Olympic Race walking champion in 1992 while competing for China. She had done mountain climbing and long distance ...more

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Li Ting is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Li Ting is a former Chinese female tennis player.

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Xu Genbao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Xu Genbao is a Chinese football manager and a former international football player. He is the current founder, chairman and general coach of Shanghai East Asia football club as well as also ...more

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He Wenna is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from China
He Wenna is a female Chinese trampoline gymnast. She competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won the gold medal with a score of 37.80. She won a gold medal in the team event at the 2007 ...more

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Chunli Wang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Chunli Wang is a biathlete.

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Liu Yan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Liu Yan is a Chinese figure skater. She is a five-time Chinese national champion. She placed 11th at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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Zhang Guirong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Zhang Guirong is a Singaporean shot putter. She changed nationality from China in late 2003. Her personal best throw is 18.57 metres, achieved at the 2005 Asian Championships in Incheon. This is ...more

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Xie Xingfang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Xie Xingfang is a female badminton player from the China. She is a two-time world champion women's singles. Her first big title was in girl's doubles, with her provincial team mate Zhang Jiewen, ...more

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Tong Jian is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Tong Jian is a Chinese pair skater. With partner Pang Qing, he is the 2010 Olympic silver medalist, 2006 & 2010 World Champion, a five-time Four Continents champion and the 2008 Grand Prix ...more

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Yan Zi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Yan Zi, is a Hong Kong-based Chinese professional tennis player.

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Xia Lina is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Xia Lina is an Olympic Alpine Skier from China.

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Chen Ruolin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Chen Ruolin is a Chinese diver. She won the gold medals in the women's 10m platform and 10m synchronized platform at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing for Team China, then duplicated the ...more

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Chaoqing Song is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Chaoqing Song is a biathlete. 

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Huang Xintong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Huang Xintong is a Chinese ice dancer. With partner Zheng Xun, she is the 2011 Asian Winter Games champion and a five-time Chinese national champion. Their best result at the World Championships ...more

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He Kexin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from China
He Kexin is a retired Chinese artistic gymnast. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing she won two gold medals on the uneven bars and as a member of the Chinese Artistic Gymnastics team. In 2008, she ...more

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Shuang Cheng is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Cheng Shuang is a Chinese female aerial skier who has competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2014 Winter Olympics. Cheng won the gold medal at the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Ski

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Sun Tiantian is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Sun Tiantian is a Chinese female tennis player.

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Wu Minxia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Wu Minxia is a female diver from the People's Republic of China and first woman to win gold medal in a diving event in three consecutive Olympic Games.

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Wang Beixing is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Wang Beixing is a Chinese long track speed skater, specializing in short distances. Wang first competed in 2003. However, her breakthrough came in the 2004–05 season, winning several times in ...more

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Yang Yang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from China
Yang Yang is a former Chinese short track speed skater and current IOC member. She is a two-time Olympic Champion from 2002 Winter Olympics and a six-time Overall World Champion for 1997-2002. ...more