China target more Olympic medals

2016-08-05 15:28
Zhang Jike (Getty Images)

Cape Town - China are expected to continue to dominate Olympic events like table tennis, diving, badminton, shooting and could get more medals in the Rio Games, which officially commences on Saturday (August 6).

This comes after a big improvement of late in swimming and athletics, to end up as one of the top medal winners at the Rio Games.

The Chinese contingent will consist of 416 athletes competing at Rio in 210 events in 26 sports.

Last time out at the 2012 London Games, China won a total of 88 medals (38 Gold, 29 Silver and 21 Bronze) to finish second on the medal table, behind the USA (103 medals).

Though there is no official target for gold medals mentioned by officials, but the Chinese media are confident the Olympic team can win at least 30 golds.

A sport where China are expected to dominate is table tennis, where Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia will play in women's singles event, while Ma Long and Zhang Jike lead the men's singles team. Both Li and Zhang were gold medal winners in London with China winning a total of four gold medals in the sport.

In badminton, superstar Lin Dan and world champion Chen Long. looks to be a potential gold medal winners while in the women's singles event, world number two Wang Yihan  and Li Xuerui, the world number three, will be hoping to retain the gold she won in London.

Thirteen athletes will represent China in diving, six men and seven women, with London winners Wu Minxia and Chen Ruolin leading the charge. Wu has won gold in three consecutive Games and will be competing in the 3-meter synchronised springboard team.

In shooting, China will be represented by 17 athletes who include six Olympic gold medal winners.

A sport where China has been improving a lot in recent years is swimming and with a 45-member team, they will be hoping to achieve more success.

They will be led by two-time Olympic champion Sun Yang and 2015 freestyle world champion Ning Zetao. The men's 4x100 meter relay team are definite medal contenders having won a silver medal in 2015 in Beijing at an international tournament.

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