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Chinese athletes in the spotlight in 2012

(People's Daily Online)

08:04, December 27, 2012

(Source: People's Daily)

In 2012, many Chinese athletes turn up in the spotlight. Some became famous overnight for their impressive performance which was written into the history; some have experienced ups and downs on their way to success. Their stories are moving, exciting and impressive.

Sun Yang, an ordinary young man to become a national idol

In the London Olympics, Chinese athlete Sun Yang won the first gold medal in men’s 400m freestyle final. He subsequently won the silver medal in men’s 200m freestyle and won the bronze medal in men's 4 by 200m freestyle relay. Then, he won the gold medal in men's 1,500m freestyle final, breaking the previous world record held by him. Sun Yang is not only handsome but also a man of versatility; therefore, he immediately became a national idol as well as another China's most valuable male athlete following Liu Xiang.

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