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China to send its largest track and field team in history to Rio
   2016-07-15 19:09:28    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guan Chao

A file photo shows China's head athletics coach, Feng Shuyong (L). [Photo: Chinanews.com]

China is to send its largest track and field team in history to compete at the Rio Olympics.

China's head athletics coach, Feng Shuyong, says the athletics team is 56 members strong, with 37 athletes competing for the first time.

Feng says he hopes China will win gold medals in the men's and women's 20-kilometer walking race, but men's sprinting needs work.

"To tell the truth, we relatively lag behind in sprint events. Up to now, we only have one athlete with best record of 9.9 seconds and another two with best records within 10:10. Still another can run 10.10-10.20 seconds. So it's hard for us to enter the finals."

He says there is a chance China can win medals in the relay race, if they cooperate perfectly while passing the baton.

Chinese athletes are currently training hard in the US, Europe and China and they will make their way to Brazil on July 21st.

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