Top 10 Chinese Sports Stars
For the world's most populous nation, you would imagine that China would have its fair share of successful sporting heroes. So who are the country's biggest names in sport today? Our list gives you are Top 10 current Chinese sports stars.
10. Liang Wen-Chong
China’s number one golfer is arguably his country's most successful ever competitor in the sport, taking that mantle from Zhang Lian-Wei. He is the only Chinese golfer to to have ever made the cut at a major and the only one to have reached the top 100 in the world rankings. Amongst his list of career achievements are victories on each of the European, Japanese and Asian tours with the most recent coming in 2013 in the World Manila Masters.
9. Yi Jianlian
Standing seven foot tall, Yi Jianlian is China’s best known basketball player and enjoyed a successful spell in the NBA with a host of teams including the New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards. Now back where he started at Guangdong Southern Tigers, he has been named the Chinese Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player four years running and remains the captain of the national side. A potential return to the NBA seemed on the cards with the LA Lakers in 2016 but the move later fell through although it would not come as a great surprise to see him back in the States in the near future.
8. Ma Long
China is well known for its status as a producer of World-class Ping Pong players and it continues to dominate the sport. Ma Long is the best in the business right now and has been at the top of the ITTF rankings since March 2015. He has won a staggering five straight ITTF World Tour tournaments in succession and enjoyed similar dominance in 2016 Olympic games in Rio. He cruised to the gold medal and in the process became only the fifth player of all time to complete a career grand slam. In the process he became the first male player to have ever won every single title in his sport.