Earlier in 2018, the Chinese showed the world that they can be more than a match for the likes of Christian Coleman and CJ Ujah in the sprints with the emergence of SU Bingtian.
The sprinter finished second to Coleman in the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 6.42s and he remains the only man in China to have run below 10 seconds in the 100m.
He was pushed all the way by Xie Zhenye, another potential star of the Chinese team and with him pushing Su all the way, both of them will be vying to be in the squad and secure a place on the podium.
Nine of the top 15 all-time runs in the women’s 1500m have been set by a Chinese athlete, with Qu Yunxia’s 3:50.46 time set in 1993 the fastest ever, recorded until Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba ran 3:50.07 in 2015.
In the field is where China have started to make more of an impact, particularly in the women’s shot put thanks to Lijiao Gong. She has finished with at least one of the top ten throws in the world during the indoor and outdoor season for each of the last three seasons.
Triple jump is another area that China have enjoyed medal success in recent years; Dong Bin win Olympic bronze back in 2016, much to the delight of millions watching back home.
Did you know?
2008’s Olympic Games saw China top the overall medal table for the very first time.
Facts from IAAF World Championships London 2017