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Famous Athletes from China

Updated June 14, 2019 18.3k views951 items

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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  • 1
    Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from China
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  • 3
    Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Chan Kong-sang (born 7 April 1954), known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Konger... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Wong Jing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Wong Jing (Chinese: 王晶; pinyin: Wáng Jīng born 3 May 1955) is a Hong Kong film director,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Li Lianjie (born 26 April 1963), better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from China

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    Yang Sze (simplified Chinese: 杨斯; traditional Chinese: 楊斯; pinyin: Yáng Sī; Jyutping: Yeung4... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Wong Pei Tty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Wong Pei Tty (born 11 November 1981 in Ipoh, Perak) is a former elite female doubles badminton... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Pang Qing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Pang Qing (simplified Chinese: 庞清; traditional Chinese: 龐清; pinyin: Páng Qīng; born December... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Wang Meng is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Wang Meng (Chinese: 王濛; pinyin: Wáng Méng; born April 10, 1985 in Qitaihe, Heilongjiang) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Li Nina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Li Nina (Chinese: 李妮娜; pinyin: Lǐ Nīnà, born January 10, 1983 in Benxi, Liaoning) is a Chinese... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Cheng Fei is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Cheng Fei (Chinese: 程菲; pinyin: Chéng Fēi; born May 29, 1988 in Huangshi, Hubei) is a retired... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Zheng Jie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from China

    Zheng Jie

    Zheng Jie (born 5 July 1983) is a retired professional tennis player from China. Her... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Zhang Dan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Zhang Dan (simplified Chinese: 张丹; traditional Chinese: 張丹; pinyin: Zhāng Dān; born 4 October... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Fu Mingxia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Fu Mingxia (born August 16, 1978 in Wuhan, Hubei, China) is a top female diver, multiple... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Xinxin  Guo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Xinxin Guo is a freestyle skier.
  • 16
    Li Na is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Li Na (born 26 February 1982) is a Chinese retired tennis player. She achieved a career-high... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Wang Chunlu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Wang Chunlu (born 27 September 1978 in Changchun, China) is a Chinese short track speed... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Huang Hong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Huang Hong may refer to: Huang Hong (handballer) (born 1980), Chinese team handball... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Helga Haase is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Helga Haase (née Obschernitzki, 9 June 1934 – 16 June 1989) was a speed skater in East... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Du Li is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Du Li (simplified Chinese: 杜丽; traditional Chinese: 杜麗; pinyin: Dù Lì; born 5 March 1982 in... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Guo Shuang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Guo Shuang (郭爽) (born February 26, 1986) is a Chinese professional track cyclist. She won two... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Sun Dandan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Sun Dandan (born 3 July 1978 in Changchun) is a Chinese short track speed skater, who won... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Liu Xianying is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Liu Xianying (simplified Chinese: 刘显应; traditional Chinese: 劉顯應; pinyin: Liú Xiǎnyīng; born... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Huang Shanshan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Huang Shanshan (simplified Chinese: 黄珊汕; traditional Chinese: 黃珊汕; pinyin: Huáng Shānshàn;... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Wang Bingyu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from China
    Wang Bingyu (Chinese: 王冰玉; pinyin: Wáng Bīngyù; Mandarin pronunciation: [wǎŋ píŋ ŷ]; born... more on Wikipedia
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