Gong Ruina

Aug 12, 2004 05:19 PM IST

Gong Ruina, the world number one, is a safe bet for China at Athens Olympic Games where she will be making her debut.

Born: January 19, 1981
Country: China
Height:173 cm
Event: Badminton

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1999 World Championship: Bronze
2001 World Championship: Winner
2003 World Championship: Silver
2003 Denmark Open: Winner
2003 Hong Kong Open: Winner
2003 China Open: Winner
2004 Swiss Open: Winner
2004 All England Open: Winner
2004 Japan Open: Winner
2004 Uber Cup Finals: Team Winner

Ruina, the World number one shuttler will be leading the Chinese trio of Zhang Ning, (World number two), Zhou Mi (World number three) to the Olympics. Any of the three are a safe bet for the country at Athens where Gong is making her debut.

Since July, Gong has advanced to the semi finals of all the tournaments in which she has participated. Winning the gold at the 2002 World Championships may have certainly been a turning point in her life but a gold medal at the Athens could add brighter prospects in the youngsters small yet shining career.

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