BEIJING - As the sporting year draws to a close, here are Xinhua News Agency's top 10 Chinese athletes of 2019:
Players of China pose for photos after winning the match between China and Serbia at the 2019 FIVB Women's World Cup in Osaka, Japan, Sept 28, 2019. (PHOTO / IC)
1. China's women's volleyball team
China's women's volleyball team produced a perfect run of 11 victories at the 13th FIVB Women's World Cup from Sept 14 to 29, winning the tournament for the fifth time. It was also the Chinese team's 10th major international title, including the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup.
China's Sui Wenjing (left) and Han Cong perform during the Pairs Free Skating program at the ISU Grand Prix of figure skating Final 2019 on Dec 6, 2019 in Turin. (MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)
2. Sui Wenjing (female, figure skating)/Han Cong (male, figure skating)
Sui, 24, and Han, 27, claimed their second world title at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan in March. The Chinese pair also triumphed at the Cup of China and NHK Trophy before being crowned for the first time at the season-ending ISU Grand Prix finals in December.
Gong Lijiao of China celebrates after winning the women's shot put final at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Oct 3, 2019. (LI MING / XINHUA)
3. Gong Lijiao (female, track and field)
Gong, 30, retained her shot put world title at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, following her Diamond League Final victory in Zurich.
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Liu Shiwen of China returns the ball during the women's singles final match against compatriot Zhu Yuling at the 2019 ITTF Women's World Cup in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province, Oct. 20, 2019. (XUE YUBIN / XINHUA)
4. Liu Shiwen (female, table tennis)
Liu beat teammate Chen Meng en route to her first World Championships singles title in Budapest in April. The 28-year-old also won a record fifth ITTF Women's World Cup crown after seeing off compatriot Zhu Yuling in October. Liu also partnered Xu Xin to claim the mixed doubles title at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, and was named the 2019 ITTF Female Table Tennis Star of the Year.
China's Sun Yang poses with his gold medal after the final of the men's 200m freestyle event during the swimming competition at the 2019 World Championships at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea, on July 23, 2019. (ED JONES / AFP)
5. Sun Yang (male, swimming)
Sun won gold medals in the men's 200m and 400m freestyle at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The 28-year-old's 400m freestyle victory was his fourth straight worlds title over that distance, and his 11 World Championship gold medals are only four short of American legend Michael Phelps' record.
Chinese boxer Xu Can succeeds in defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title after defeating challenger Shun Kubo of Japan in Fuzhou, East China's Jiangxi province, May 26, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
6. Xu Can (male, boxing)
Xu, 25, won China's first World Boxing Association (WBA) title after defeating Jesus Rojas of Puerto Rico in January, and retained his WBA featherweight title with victories over Shun Kubo of Japan and American challenger Manny Robles III, in May and November respectively.
Shi Tingmao (right) and Wang Han of China display their medals during the awarding ceremony of the women's 3m synchro springboard final of diving event at the FINA World Championships in Guangju, South Korea, on July 15, 2019. (BAI XUEFEI / XINHUA)
7. Shi Tingmao (female, diving)
Shi claimed double golds in the women's 3m springboard individual and synchronized diving at the FINA World Swimming Championships. It was the 28-year-old's fourth and China's 10th straight title in the synchronized event. Shi has taken at least one world championships gold medal since her 2011 debut in the competition.
Yi Jianlian poses with his trophy after becoming the all time top scorer in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) after an away game against Tianjin Pioneers in Tianjin, Nov 21, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
8. Yi Jianlian (male, basketball)
Yi, 32, became the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA)'s all-time leading scorer on Nov 21 by posting 20 points against Tianjin, improving his career tally to 11,177 points to surpass former Guangdong teammate Zhu Fangyu's record of 11,165.
Cai Xuetong celebrates on the podium after the Snowboard Halfpipe of the FIS World Championships at Park City Mountain in Park City, Utah, the United States, Feb 8, 2019. Cai finished top at the standings in the women's competition of the 2018/19 FIS snowboard halfpipe World Cup season.(PHOTO / IC)
9. Cai Xuetong (female, snowboard)
Last season saw 26-year-old Cai put her name into the record books as the most successful World Cup freestyle snowboarder of all time, by winning her fifth halfpipe Crystal Globe.
Chinese athlete Deng Wei competes at the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships, Pattaya, Thailand, Sept 22, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
10. Deng Wei (female, weightlifting)
Deng, 26, won the women's 64kg division gold at the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships with new world records in snatch, clean and jerk and total. She raised the snatch world record once again at the IWF World Cup. She broke world record 13 times in six Tokyo Olympic ranking point competitions of the season.
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