China officially announced on Tuesday its London Olympic Games roster that includes 396 athletes in a 621-strong delegation.
Long with soccer, handball and equestrian events, Chinese athletes will compete in 212 events in 23 sports as they chase more glory in table tennis, badminton, diving, gymnastics and weightlifting, in which the country has long been a dominating force. They will also seek to breakthrough in other sports, such as track and field and swimming.
Twenty-nine athletes on the team, including Lin Dan, Chen Ying and Zhong Man, won gold medals at the Beijing Games four years ago, when China topped the gold medal tally with 51 titles and 100 medals overall.
Three other athletes on this summer's team - Liu Xiang, Zhu Qinan and Teng Haibin - were the gold medalists in Athens in 2004.
Some other big names on the roster are tennis star Li Na, China's first Grand Slam winner at last year's French Open, and Sun Yang, who last year smashed the men's 10-year-old 1,500m world record at the swimming world championships in Shanghai and is the biggest hope to become the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming title.
"There's quite a good chance that Liu Xiang can win the gold in the men's 110m hurdles and two medals can be secured in the women's 10km walk and men's 20km walk," said Yang Ming, senior sports journalist at the Xinhua News Agency while answering Web users' questions on Sina.com.
"There will be a huge improvement in the pool by China, more medalists can be expected," predicted Zhou Xin, another of Xinhua's senior journalist who has been following China's swim team.
In team events, China's women's volleyball team, the Athens Olympic champions, have attracted the most attention, but fans should be realistic, advised Wang Jingyu, also senior sports journalist with Xinhua.
"The US are so strong in women's volleyball. And there are also Brazil and Italy. So winning a medal will be a satisfactory result for China. But who knows? We can keep our dreams alive," said Wang.
More than 60 world champions didn't make the team including Olympic table tennis champion Wang Liqin, Ma Lin and Chen Qi.
China's first men's world champion in the pool, Zhang Lin, who won the 800m freestyle in Rome in 2009, and women's marathon world champion Bai Xue, who won her medal in Berlin in 2009, failed to qualify for this summer's Olympic Games.
In an online survey by Sina sports, 52.9 percent of respondents said they most want to see China dominate the gold medal standings.
More than 55 percent said they believe China can claim more than 40 gold medals in London.
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