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Wang Tao
2003-11-04 11:26:00   COC Website  


Name: WANG Tao
Gender: M
Date of birth: December 13, 1967
Place of birth: Beijing
Height: 1.64m
Sport: Table tennis
Personal best: 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games - 1st doubles

Sports career: 
Learned to play table tennis at age three under the guidance of his father. Recruited into the People's Liberation Army Team in 1980. Joined the national team in November 1988.

High performances:
1989 Hungary Table Tennis Championships - 1st doubles (with Lu Lin)
1991 World Championships - 1st mixed doubles (with Liu Wei), 2nd doubles (with Lu Lin)
1991 World Cup - 1st team
1992 Barcelona Olympic Games - 1st doubles (with Lu Lin), 2nd singles
1992 World Cup - 2nd singles
1993 World Championships - 1st doubles & mixed doubles
1994 World Stars Circuit Grand Finals - 1st singles
1995 43rd World Championships - 1st team, doubles & mixed doubles

1994-1996 - Thrice selected one of National Top Ten Athletes
1999 - Voted one of 50 Sports Stars in 50 years since the founding of new China in 1949

At present:
Student at the Xi'an Physical Education Institute after retirement. In 2002 he was a senior colonel. As the only athelete from the Chinese Army who holds the rank of major general, he is now the chief coach of the Army's "August 1st" table tennis team.

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