Chen Long is a Chinese professional badminton player. He is an Olympic champion since 2016, a World champion thrice, and an Asian champion. Chen was a former World No. 1 who held the top men’s singles position for 76 weeks, from December 2014 to June 2016.
Early Life, Education & Family
Chen Long was born on January 18, 1989, to his father, Chen Hua, and his mother, Zhang Yuxia. He was also reared in China’s Shashi District, Jingzhou.
However, there are no other facts or information concerning Chen’s family or early life.
Regarding his education, there is no detailed information about his education to the public.
Chen joined Jingzhou’s Sports School and effectively exhibited his badminton potential and ability. At the age of seven, he laid the groundwork for his destiny as a world champion.
Chen Long enrolled in the Jingzhou Sports Academy in 1996 to develop his young-age capabilities. In the meanwhile, he was chosen for the national youth team in 2005 and the second national youth team in 2006.
Similarly, Chen won the Asian junior championship and the World Junior Championship in 2007. In addition, he assisted his country in winning the Suhandinata Cup the same year.
Chen’s achievements in his junior career within a year earned him a spot on the Chinese first squad. He was chosen as the national first-team player in 2008.
In January of the following year, Chen advanced to the semifinals of the Korea Open Super Series, where he was upset by Danish player Peter Gade.
Meanwhile, in the super series tournament Swiss open, Chen performed well in the final and finished as runner-up.
Similarly, he was a member of the side that lifted the gold medal trophy in the 2010 Thomas Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
Chen earned his second gold medal for China in the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010.
Chen was defeated in the semifinal round against Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat at the Hong Kong Open while earning back-to-back Super Series titles.
Chen’s strong performance moved him to third position in the global rankings, establishing him as the top-ranked Chinese badminton player.
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In 2012, Chen lost in the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open to Indian player Parupalli Kashyap and the semifinals of the 2012 Summer Olympics against Malaysian player Lee Chong Wei.
Despite losing in the semifinals of the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won bronze in the championship by defeating Lee Hyun-il in the bronze medal match.
Chen’s poor luck continued when the Chinese team fell in the Thomas Cup semifinals against Japan, and the media completely blamed Chen Long.
Furthermore, he was eliminated from the Japan Open by Hu Yun of Hong Kong, and from the Indonesia Open by Danish player Jan. Jrgensen.
Chen made a fantastic start at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, reaching the finals in the men’s singles event. He did not, however, bring home the gold after losing to Danish badminton player Viktor Axelsen.
Following his defeat, he faced a barrage of criticism and abuse from Chinese fans, who labeled him “useless” and a “disgrace.” Nonetheless, none of them realized the true reason for his poor performance.
The tennis player was injured, resulting in the creation of two large blisters on the sole of his foot. As a result, his range of motion was severely restricted.
Chen’s battling spirit moved the head coach of the Chinese Badminton Association. Despite his injuries, the Chinese player accepted responsibility for the defeat and apologized to Chinese supporters and residents.
Net Worth, Salary, and Income
According to different estimations, Long’s net worth is between $1 and $5 million. His badminton career and achievements have led to his success.
He earned $298,413 USD in 2015 and $69,325 USD in 2016.
Personal Life, Wife, and Child
Chen is married to Wang Shixian, a former Chinese international singles champion. Chen and Wang have been together since 2007.
Similarly, the pair met while playing for the Chinese youth squad. Furthermore, they kept their relationship a secret until 2013, when they finally disclosed it.
Following that, the public and the player’s followers adored the two. Finally, on November 28, 2017, the couple married.
Age, Body Measurements & Nationality
Chen is 33 years old, having been born in 1989.
Long is an athlete with an optimum height of 6 feet 2 inches and a weight of 75 kilos. Meanwhile, in terms of nationality, he is Chinese by birth and Asian by ethnicity.
Social Media Presence
Chen may be found on social media on Twitter as @zxcchenlong. He is rarely active on social media, in contrast to other renowned players.
|Full Name||Chen Long(谌龙)|
|Birth Date||18 January 1989|
|Birth Place||Shashi District, Jingzhou, Hubei, China|
|Father’s Name||Chen Hua|
|Mother’s Name||Zhang Yuxia|
|Age||33 years old|
|Weight||75 kg(165 lb)|
|Profession||Professional Badminton Player|
|Net Worth||$1- $5 Million|
|Career History||Olympic Games, World Championships, Sudirman Cup, Thomas Cup, Asian Games, Asian Championships, East Asian Games, World Junior Championships, Asian Junior Championships|