• China's top 10 sports news in 2009 - [Sports news]

    2009-12-28 | Tag:China,Sports

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        BEIJING, Dec. 27 -- Xinhua News Agency selected the top 10 sports news of China in 2009:

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    The flag of 24th World Winter Universiade is escorted into Harbin International Conference, Exhibition and Sports Centre Gym at the opening ceremony of the 24th World Winter Universiade in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Feb.18, 2009.

        1. Northeast Chinese city Harbin hosted the 24th World Winter University Games from Feb. 18 to 28, in which China topped the medal tally with a 18-18-12 record.

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    Chinese table tennis players pose during the awarding ceremony of the men's singles and women's singles at the world table tennis championships in Yokohama, Japan, May 2009.

        2. China clean-swept five gold medals at the world table tennis championships, which took place in Yokohama, Japan, from April 28 to May 5.

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    Members China's national badminton team celebrate at the awarding ceremony of the 2009 Sudirman Cup World Team Badminton Championships in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, on May 17, 2009.

        3. China won its seventh Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton championships on May.

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    Zhang Lin shows the gold medal after the men's 800m freestyle swimming final at the World Championships in Rome, Italy, July 29, 2009.

        4. Zhang Lin became China's first ever men's swimming world champion as he bettered Australian Grant Hackett's world record by over six seconds to win the 800m freestyle at the Rome Worlds on July 30.

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    People practise Taiji in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest in Beijing, capital of China, August 8, 2009.

        5. Exactly one year after the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games, China inaugurated "National Fitness Day" on Aug. 8.

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    Liu Xiang of China celebrates the victory with the national flag after the final of men's 110m hurdles at the 18th Asian Athletics Championships in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Nov. 12, 2009. Liu won the gold with 13.50 seconds.

        6. Star hurdler Liu Xiang came back after a sudden pullout from the 2008 Olympics, finishing second at the Golden Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sept. 20. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist then triumphed in the Chinese National Games in October, the Asian athletics championships in November and the East Asian Games in December.

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    Photo taken on Oct. 16, 2009 shows the art performance before the opening ceremony of the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province.

        7. Shandong hosted the 11th Chinese National Games from Oct. 16 to 28, in which five world records were rewritten.

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    Lu Xiaojun of China takes a lift during the the men's weightlifting 77kg  at the world weightlifting championships in Gaoyang of Guangdong Province,China, Nov. 24, 2009.

        8. China claimed 18 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals to top the world weightlifting championships in Goyang, South Korea, in November.

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    Criminal suspects stand on trial at the court for soccer corruption in Yixing of Jiangxi Province, China, Dec. 11, 2009.

        9. A nationwide crackdown was launched by police on match-fixing and gambling in the Chinese professional soccer leagues at the end of 2009. Chinese soccer has been a long disappointment to the fans with its poor quality of play, violence, corruption and match-fixing.

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    China's national flag and the flag of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are raised during the opening ceremony of the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong, south China, Dec. 5, 2009.

        10. Hong Kong hosted the 5th East Asian Games from Dec. 5 to 13,drawing 2,300 athletes from China, Chinese Taipei, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Guam, Japan, Macao of China, Mongolia, South Korea and Hong Kong of China.

     

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