Rio De Janeiro Olympics 2016: Chinese Athletes Who Will Uphold Rivalry with USA

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 2, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Gold medallist Yang Sun of China poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 1500m Freestyle Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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China has officially asserted itself as a threat to the United States in the Summer Games after taking home the second-most gold medals and total medals in the 2012 London Olympics.

This came after China racked up the most gold medals (51) in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

So which athletes will likely pose a threat to the U.S. in the 2016 Rio Olympics?

Here's a look at some Chinese athletes to be feared at the next Summer Games.


Sun Yang, Men's Swimming

Sun Yang was the top medalist for China this summer, racking up four medals, including two gold.

He started things off with a gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle, captured silver in the 200-meter freestyle, helped China grab bronze in the 4x200 freestyle and finished it off with a gold in the 1,500-meter freestyle.

After failing to medal in 2008, the 20-year-old burst onto the scene this year and figures to be a threat in Rio de Janeiro given his age and quick improvement.


Chen Ruolin, Women's Diving

The first thing you need to know about Chen Ruolin is she captured gold for the second Olympics in a row in her only two events, the individual 10-meter platform and the synchronized 10-meter platform.

The second thing you need to know is that she's only 19 years old.

China appears to have a teenage world-beater in women's diving. Ruolin also won gold in both events in the 2011 World Championships. She is a force to be reckoned with.


Ye Shiwen, Women's Swimming

Ye Shiwen set an Olympic record in the women's 200-meter individual medley this summer and a world record in the 400-meter individual medley.

Shiwen is all of 16 years old, which has inspired whispers that she may have been doping, but until there is proof you have to tout Shiwen for the gold in both events in 2016.

Shiwen medaled ahead of Americans Caitlin Leverenz and Elizabeth Beisel in the 200-meter IM and 400-meter IM, respectively.


Guo Shuang, Women's Track Cycling

Guo Shuang grabbed a bronze medal in the sprint in 2008, but she really turned it on in 2012 and may have won gold this summer if not for a controversial decision by the judges that relegated the women's team to silver in the sprint.

Shuang, 26, also was awarded the silver medal in the team keirin event and notched another bronze in the individual sprint. She's a threat every time she hits the track.


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