Famous Chinese Sportspersons

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Yip Man
(Martial Artist and a Grandmaster of the Martial Art 'Wing Chun')
Yip Man
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Birthdate: October 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Foshan, China
Died: December 2, 1972

Yip Man was a Chinese martial artist best remembered for teaching martial arts to the famous Chinese American martial artist, Bruce Lee. Yip Man is credited with teaching not only Bruce Lee but also many other students who went on to become martial arts masters. A biographical martial arts film titled Ip Man was inspired by his life and career.

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Yao Ming
(6th President of the Chinese Basketball Association and Former Professional Player)
Yao Ming
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Birthdate: September 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Widely regarded as one of the greatest Chinese basketball players ever, Yao Ming represented the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Known as the Ming Dynasty in the US, Ming's popularity and success in the NBA made him a symbol of China. One of China's most popular sportsmen, Ming is also credited with introducing the Chinese Basketball Association to the world.

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Lin Dan
(One of the Greatest Badminton Players of All Time)
Lin Dan
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Birthdate: October 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Longyan, Fujian, China

With 666 career wins, including two Olympic and two World Cup golds, Lin Dan is one of the veterans of Chinese badminton. He is the only player to achieve a Super Slam, winning all nine major badminton titles. Known for his fitness and attacking style, Dan retired at 37.

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Jackie Chan
(One of the Most Popular Action Film Stars of All Time Known for His 'Slapstick Acrobatic' Fighting Style)
Jackie Chan
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Birthdate: April 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Jackie Chan is a martial artist, actor, film director, screenwriter and singer and is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing and innovative stunts in his films, which he performs himself. Rumble in the Bronx, Shanghai Noon and Rush Hour are some of his popular Hollywood films. He has a widespread following in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres.

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Jet Li
(Actor and Martial Artist Who was All-Around Youth Champion in the National Wushu Competition)
Jet Li
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Birthdate: April 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Jet Li is one of the most popular Asian actors to have made it big in the American film industry. A martial artist and former Wushu champion, he won a national championship before retiring from competitive Wushu to focus on his acting career. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jet Li is closely associated with the Red Cross Society of China.

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Ip Chun
(Martial artist in the style of Wing Chun)
Ip Chun
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Birthdate: July 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Foshan, China
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Wong Jack Man
(Known for His Controversial Duel With Bruce Lee in 1964)
Wong Jack Man
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Birthdate: 1941 AD
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Died: December 26, 2018

Chinese martial artist Wong Jack-man is best remembered for his duel with Bruce Lee in 1964. The duel was mired in controversy, as it was held privately in Oakland. There are different accounts of the fight, and Wong released his own version in the Chinese newspaper Chinese Pacific Weekly.

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Chen Long
(Chinese Professional Badminton Player and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Chen Long
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Birthdate: January 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shashi District, Jingzhou, Hubei, China

Chen Long is a Chinese competitive badminton player best known for winning a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's singles event in Rio de Janeiro. Chen has also won gold medals at World Championships, Asian Games, and Asian Championships. A former world number 1, Chen has also won the Sudirman Cup on five occasions so far.

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Wong Fei-hung
(Physician,Martial artist)
Wong Fei-hung
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Birthdate: July 9, 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Foshan, China
Died: April 17, 1925

Wong Fei-hung was a Chinese physician, martial artist, and folk hero. Wong is the subject of many television series and films. Between the 1940s and 1980s, Wong was portrayed by Hong Kong actor Kwan Tak-hing in over 70 films which earned Kwan the nickname Master Wong. Wong was also played by Jet Li in Once Upon a Time in China.

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Li Na
(Chinese Former Professional Tennis Player and the First Grand Slam Singles Champion from Asia)
Li Na
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Birthdate: February 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhan, China

Li Na is a Chinese former tennis player. A former world No. 2, Li Na won two Grand Slam singles titles over the course of her career. She achieved international recognition in 2011 after becoming the first Asian Grand Slam singles champion. In 2019, she became the first Asian-born player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

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Gordon Liu
(Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Known for His Role of 'San Te' in 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin')
Gordon Liu
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Birthdate: August 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guangdong, China

Gordon Liu is a Chinese martial artist and martial arts film actor best known for his portrayal of San Te in the 1978 Hong Kong kung fu film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. He then went on to appear in popular films like Kill Bill: Volume 1. Gordon made his Bollywood debut in the 2009 film Chandni Chowk to China.

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Peng Shuai
(Tennis player known for being ranked the number one doubles player in November 2014)
Peng Shuai
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Birthdate: January 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xiangtan, China
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Hou Yifan
(Chinese Chess Grandmaster and Second Highest Rated Female Player of All Time)
Hou Yifan
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Birthdate: February 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Xinghua, China

Hou Yifan is a Chinese chess player who won two gold medals at the 2010 Asian Games. Hou, who achieved the grandmaster title in 2008, is the second-highest-rated female chess player ever. Hou is also the youngest ever player to win the Women's World Chess Championship title. She is also regarded as the greatest female chess player of her generation.

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Wu Jing
(actor, film director)
Wu Jing
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Birthdate: April 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beijing

Wu Jing is a Chinese martial artist, actor, and director best known for playing important roles in martial arts films like Fatal Contact, Tai Chi Boxer, and the SPL films. Widely regarded as one of the most bankable Chinese actors of all time, Wu Jing has been featured in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list on a couple of occasions.

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Ding Junhui
(Snooker player)
Ding Junhui
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Birthdate: April 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yixing, Wuxi, China
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Sun Yang
(Swimmer)
Sun Yang
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Birthdate: December 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hangzhou

Sun Yang is a Chinese competitive swimmer best known for winning three Olympic gold medals. Sun has also won 11 FINA World Championships and nine gold medals at Asian Games. Sun is the first man in the history of competitive swimming to win the World Championship and Olympic gold medals at every single freestyle distance between 200 and 1500 meters.

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Li Ching-Yuen
(Herbalist)
Li Ching-Yuen
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Birthplace: Chongqing, China
Died: May 6, 1933

Li Ching-Yuen was a Chinese martial artist, herbalist, and tactical advisor. Li Ching-Yuen, who is believed to have lived off a diet of rice wine and exotic herbs throughout his life, is best remembered for his extreme longevity claim. According to his claim, Li Ching-Yuen lived for 250 years, although gerontologists consider that to be a myth.

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Ma Long
(Table tennis player)
Ma Long
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Birthdate: October 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Anshan, China

Ma Long created history by becoming the first male table tennis player to score a Double Grand Slam and has 5 Olympic gold medals in his kitty. Known for his forehands and looping shots, he has also earned nicknames such as the Dictator and the Dragon, and is a national hero in China.

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He Kexin
(Chinese Former Artistic Gymnast)
He Kexin
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Birthdate: January 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beijing, China
In spite of winning 2 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, artistic gymnast He Kexin created quite a controversy for her age, as old records showed she may not have been old enough to participate in the games. However, all investigations were closed soon, and she retained her medals.
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Li Xuerui
(Chinese Professional Badminton Player)
Li Xuerui
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Birthdate: January 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chongqing, China

Former world number one in singles Li Xuerui has 14 Superseries titles in her kitty. She is also a former Olympic gold medalist. Known for her attacking stance, she ruled the badminton scene before an injury at the Rio Olympics interrupted her career. She retired from international badminton in 2019.

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Wang Qiang
(Tennis player)
Wang Qiang
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Birthdate: January 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin, China

Chinese tennis star Wang Qiang had begun playing tennis at the tender age of 9. She was initially trained in Japan and grew up idolizing Steffi Graf. Best known for her serve and her speed, she became the second-highest-ranked player from her country, after Li Na, when she ranked 12th in singles.

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Xie Xingfang
(Badminton player)
Xie Xingfang
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Birthdate: January 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Retired badminton player Xie Xingfang is a former singles number one and a two-time world champion. She has won countless medals, including an Olympic silver, an Asian Games gold, and a World Cup gold. She was also known for her high-profile relationship with badminton sensation Lin Dan.

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Fu Haifeng
(Badminton player)
Fu Haifeng
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Birthdate: August 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jieyang, Guangdong, China

Former badminton player Fu Haifeng is known as one of the most successful men’s doubles players in history. Along with partner Cai Yun, he has earned an Olympic gold. The duo is also the only doubles pair with four world titles and was named to BWF's Hall of Fame.

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Ding Liren
(Chess player)
Ding Liren
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Birthdate: October 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wenzhou, China

At 16, Ding Liren became the youngest Chinese Chess Champion. He was also the first player to reach the World Cup finals twice back-to-back. The Chinese chess grandmaster is also a law school graduate. He remains the highest-rated chess player from his country and has won the Chinese Championship thrice.

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Fan Zhendong
(Table tennis player)
Fan Zhendong
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Birthdate: January 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Chinese table tennis player Fan Zhendong currently holds the number one position in men’s singles. In a personal statement on his fan forum on Sina Weibo, he mentioned how he hates extreme fan reactions. In 2012, he was the youngest member of the Chinese national table tennis team.

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Lü Xiaojun
(Weightlifter)
Lü Xiaojun
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Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hubei, China

Apart from being a 5-time world champion, Lü Xiaojun is also a 2-time Olympic gold medalist. His gold win at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, at 37, made him the oldest weightlifter to achieve the feat. He also won a silver at the Rio Olympics. He is married to fellow world-class weightlifter Guo Xiyan.

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Zhang Nan (badminton)
(Badminton player)
Zhang Nan (badminton)
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Birthdate: March 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Zhang Nan mostly won games in mixed doubles with his partner Zhao Yunlei. He has won medals in all major events, such as the Sudirman Cup and the Asian Games. Post-retirement, he became a doubles coach and was then made the chairman of the CBA.

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Wang Yihan
(Silver Medalist Badminton player at the 2012 Summer Olympics)
Wang Yihan
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Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
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Liu Xiang
(hurdler, athletics competitor)
Liu Xiang
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Birthdate: July 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai

Hurdler Liu Xiang created history by becoming the first Chinese Olympic gold medalist in any men’s track-and-field event. While he excelled in high jump in his younger days, he deviated to hurdles by 15. He has also earned gold medals at the world championships and the Asian Games.

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Qiyu Zhou
(Chess player)
Qiyu Zhou
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Birthdate: January 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jingzhou, China

Chinese-born Canadian chess sensation Qiyu Zhou grew up in countries such as France and Finland and began learning chess at age 3. She won the Finnish U-10 championship at 5 and won the World Youth Chess Championship at 14. Known for her Twitch livestreams as akaNemsko, she is also Canada’s first woman grandmaster.

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Cai Yun
(Badminton player)
Cai Yun
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Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Cai Yun is a Chinese retired professional badminton player who specialized in the men's doubles event. A four-time World Championship winner, Cai also won silver and gold medal in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, respectively. Considered the greatest men's doubles player ever, Cai Yun also won six Sudirman Cups and five Thomas Cups during his illustrious playing career.

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Xu Xin
(Table tennis player)
Xu Xin
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Birthdate: January 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xuzhou, China

Table tennis player Xu Xin remains one of the rare penhold grip players in China. Currently ranked world number 3, he won a silver in the mixed doubles in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, along with partner Liu Shiwen. He teamed up with Shiwen again to win a National Games gold in 2021.

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Zhang Jike
(Chinese Table Tennis Player and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Zhang Jike
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Birthdate: February 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Qingdao, China

Zhang Jike is a Chinese professional table tennis player who won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in men's singles, becoming only the fourth male player to achieve a career Grand Slam in the history of table tennis. He also has two other Olympic gold medals and seven World Championship gold medals under his belt.

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Shang Chunsong
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Birthdate: March 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China

Gymnast Shang Chunsong grew up amid extreme poverty in a remote village in China, where she and her family would often go without food and heating. Starting her training in gymnastics at age 7, she lifted her family out of drudgery. She captained the Chinese bronze-winning team at the Rio Olympics.

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Liang Chow
(Sports coach, Artistic gymnast)
Liang Chow
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Birthdate: January 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Chinese former artistic gymnast and the owner of Chow’s Gym, Liang Chow has over 30 international gold medals in his kitty. He later moved to the US, where he focused on coaching. He is known for training Olympic gold medalists such as Gabby Douglas and Shawn Johnson.

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Ma Lin
(Chinese Table Tennis Player)
Ma Lin
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Birthdate: February 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shenyang, China

Three-time Olympic champion Ma Lin is the only male table tennis player with wins in the singles, the doubles, and the team events in the Olympics. He is also a 9-time world champion. Now a successful coach, he also often collaborates with the table tennis equipment brand Yasaka, to develop new products.

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Wang Zhizhi
(basketball player)
Wang Zhizhi
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Birthdate: July 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beijing

Born to basketball player parents, Wang Zhizhi had begun playing the game at age 8. He later created history by becoming the first Chinese-born to compete in the NBA. Known for his successful stint with teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, he was also in the news for his 7-foot frame.

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Chen Yufei
(Badminton player)
Chen Yufei
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Birthdate: March 1, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Named to the Forbes list of 30 Under 30 in Entertainment and Sports, from Asia, Chen Yufei was inspired to take up badminton while watching the 2008 Olympics as a 10-year-old. Now an Olympic gold medalist herself, she also has tons of other medals in her kitty, including two Sudirman Cup gold medals.

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Zhao Yunlei
(Badminton player)
Zhao Yunlei
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Birthdate: August 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yichang, China

Apart from being a star badminton player, Zhao Yunlei is also a graduate degree holder from the Huazhong University. She created history by becoming the first and only badminton player with 2 Olympic gold medal wins in the same year, winning in both mixed doubles and women’s doubles in 2012.

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Lang Ping
(Chinese Former Volleyball Player, Coach and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Lang Ping
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Birthdate: December 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tianjin, China

One of the greatest volleyball players in history, Lang Ping gained the name Iron Hammer. The former Olympic gold medalist now coaches the Chinese national women’s volleyball team. Her story was one of the many featured in the Chinese sports movie Leap, which traced the country’s women’s volleyball history.

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Wang Ruiji
(Fencer)
Wang Ruiji
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Birthdate: February 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: China

Wang Ruiji is a popular mainland fencer, who is also known as the father of rapper and budding fencer Jackson Wang. He is married to world champion gymnast Sophia Chow. Apart from representing the Chinese national fencing team, he has also won an Asian Games gold medal.

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Zhang Zhilei
(Chinese Professional Boxer)
Zhang Zhilei
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Birthdate: May 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zhoukou, China

Beijing Olympic silver medalist Zhang Zhilei is one of the most popular boxers from China. Also known by his nickname Big Bang, he has two World Championship bronze medals and one Asian Games gold medal in his kitty, too. He now stays in New Jersey, US.

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Gao Ling
(Badminton player)
Gao Ling
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Birthdate: March 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhan, Hubei, China

Regarded as one of the greatest doubles badminton players of China, Gao Ling is a 2-time Olympic gold medalist and a 4-time world champion. She has also earned an Olympic silver and bronze. She and her partner Huang Sui won a record 6 women’s doubles titles at the All-England Championships.

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Zou Shiming
(Boxer who competed from 2013 to 2017 and held the WBO flyweight title from 2016 to 2017)
Zou Shiming
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Birthdate: May 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zunyi, China
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Wei Yi
(Chess Player)
Wei Yi
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Birthdate: June 2, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yancheng, Jiangsu, China
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Ju Wenjun
(Chess player)
Ju Wenjun
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Birthdate: January 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Chinese chess Grandmaster and Woman Grandmaster Ju Wenjun is the reigning Women's World Chess Champion. The Shanghai-born chess sensation won secured the second place in the Asian Women’s Chess Championship at 13 and later also won an Asian Games gold. She became the Chinese women’s champion for the first time at 19.

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Ding Ning
(Table tennis player)
Ding Ning
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Birthdate: June 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Daqing, Heilongjiang, China

Eight-time world champion Ding Ning also has 4 Olympic medals, 3 of which are gold. The former Chinese table tennis sensation announced her retirement on Weibo in 2021. She is now pursuing a university course in physical education. She earned the unofficial title of the Queen of Hearts for her popularity.

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Shi Yuqi
(Badminton player)
Shi Yuqi
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Birthdate: February 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nantong, Jiangsu, China

Chinese badminton sensation Shi Yuqi upset champion Lin Dan to reach the finals of the All England Open in 2017 and won the tournament in 2018. In 2016, he won his first French Super Series title. His wins also include a gold at the 2018 Asian Games and the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

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Sun Yue
(basketball player)
Sun Yue
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Birthdate: November 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cangzhou

Chinese former basketball player Sun Yue became the fifth from his country to play for the NBA. He also won an NBA Championship with the LA Lakers, in spite of playing only 10 games for the team. He later moved back to China to play for teams such as the Beijing Olympians.

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Li Ning
(Chinese Retired Gymnast and the Founder of the Eponymous Sportswear Company 'Li-Ning')
Li Ning
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Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liuzhou, China

Legendary Chinese gymnast Li Ning not only has 3 Olympic gold medals in his kitty but is now also a billionaire entrepreneur and the owner of a self-titled sports apparel and equipment brand. Starting training at age 8, he later earned the unofficial title of the Prince of Gymnastics in China.