Before 1949, China had participated in only
three Olympic Games and failed to win a gold medal. But
in more than 30 years after 1949, Chinese athletes won 30 world championships.The
Chinese team won 60 percent of the gold medals at the 11th Asian Games held
in Beijing in 1990, revealing the fact that China had become a major sporting nation.
In 1994, Chinese athletes captured 79
championships in 11 events. Twenty-six athletes set 40 world
records on 72 occasions. Great achievements were made by China in sports in 1998, when
Chinese athletes captured 83 world championships in 15 events, including 28 world
championships in 6 events in the Olympic Games. Thirty athletes set 31 world
records on 68 occasions.