China Sports Weekly (8.14-8.20)-Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) — Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines from last week:

1. Olympic champion Gao Tingyu dreams of becoming a speed skating icon

Gold medalist Gao Tingyu of China reacts during the handover ceremony for the men’s 500m speed skating event at the Beijing Winter Olympics Medal Plaza in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

On February 12, 2022, Gao Tingyu won the men’s 500m speed skating gold medal in an Olympic record time of 34.32 seconds at the National Ice Speed ​​Skating Oval on home soil, becoming the first Chinese male skater to win an Olympic gold medal.

Now the two-time Olympic medalist is preparing to embark on a new journey with his trusted coach towards Milano Cortina 2026.

“I want to become a speed skating icon, someone people think of when they talk about the sport.”

2. Wang Shuang scores the first goal for Racing Louisville

Chinese soccer player Wang Shuang attends a training session in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, April 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

Chinese striker Wang Shuang scored her first goal for Racing Louisville FC as Kim Bjorkegren’s side beat AC Milan in the Women’s Cup semi-final on 17 August in Louisville against OL Reign in the final on Saturday.

The US National Women’s Soccer League team is Wang’s third foreign club, after previous stints with South Korea’s Daejeon Sportstoto and French side Paris Saint-Germain.

3. Wu Lei returns to China from Espanyol

RCD Espanyol’s Wu Lei celebrates his goal during a La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and RC Celta in Cornella, Spain, April 10, 2022. (Photo by Joan Gosa/Xinhua)

Chinese international striker Wu Lei returned to China from La Liga club Espanyol, as he posted two photos on social media on August 16 showing him checking in at a Madrid airport for the return trip to China .

Wu is serving a seven-day quarantine and three-day home isolation before joining Port Shanghai, the Chinese Super League side he left in early 2019 for Espanyol.

After his return, the first match Wu could play for Port of Shanghai is at Henan Songshan Longmen on September 3.

4. China Women’s Volleyball Team Announces Roster for World Championships

Gong Xiangyu (C) of China kicks the ball during the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League quarterfinal match between China and Italy in Ankara, Turkey, July 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Shadati)

The China Women’s National Volleyball Team has announced its roster for the upcoming World Volleyball Championships, with Zhu Ting and Zhang Changning missing from the squad due to injury.

The women’s competitions of the 2022 Volleyball World Championships will take place from September 23 to October 15 in the Netherlands and Poland.

China are in Group D with Brazil, Japan, Colombia, Argentina and the Czech Republic.

5. China defeats Japan to win the AVC Cup

The Chinese team celebrates during the award ceremony after winning the 2022 AVC (Asian Volleyball Confederation) Cup final match against Japan in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, Aug. 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng )

China defeated Japan 25-20, 25-23, 25-22 in the 2022 AVC (Asian Volleyball Confederation) Cup Final on August 14 to claim the trophy with a perfect record.

Young Chinese ace Zhang Jingyin received the Most Valuable Player award and was named one of the best outside forwards, while teammates Zhang Zhejia and Peng Shikun shared the award for best middle blocker.

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