Chinese Sportswomen Marry International

January 8, 2010
Editor: zhuhong

Love knows no borders, as Chinese sportswomen have demonstrated through love-all matches and marriages with sportsmen from other countries they have met at international sports events.

Chess Grandmasters Zhu Chen and Mohamad Al-Modiahki

Chinese chess grandmaster Zhu Chen with husband Qatari Mohamad Al-Modiahki [Xinhua]

Zhu Chen competed in the Asian Youth Chess Championship in Malaysia in 1994 when she was 16-years-old. She lost in the fifth round to Mohammed Al-Modiahki, chess grandmaster from Qatar. In September the same year Mohamed pawned his watch to pay for an air ticket to Brazil to watch Zhu Chen compete in the World Youth Chess Championship. They have been inseparable ever since.

Zhu and Mohamad tied the knot in 2000. They had their first daughter Dana four years later and their second daughter Hind in 2008. They live in Qatar.

Zhu became a chess champion in 1988 at the World Under-12 Girls Championship. She went on to win the World Junior Girls Chess Championship in 1994 and 1996, and the World Chess Championship in 2002. Her husband holds the Player of the Century within Arab Countries trophy.

Zhu became a Qatar citizen early in 2006 and represented her adopted country in the 2006 Asian Games.

Diving Queen Gao Min and Chen Zhigang

Diving champion Gao Min and her Chinese-Canadian husband Chen Zhigang [Xinhua]

Diving champion Gao Min announced her retirement after the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. She married sportswriter Su Dong, with whom she had a son, in 1996. The couple divorced soon afterwards.

Gao met Chinese-Canadian university professor Chen Zhigang at a Chinese gathering in Canada. They later married and had a son. Gao Min is happy to say that she, Chen,her ex-husband and two sons have a harmonious relationship.

Gao distinguished herself as a world-class diver at the age of 16 when she won the 5th World Swimming Championship women's springboard title. One year later, she became the World women's springboard champion. Gao's springboard gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics made her the first-ever Chinese winner of three successive major women's diving competitions.

In 1989, Gao won the women's three-meter and one-meter springboard championships at the Second Goodwill Games. She has since been sure winner of gold medals at the Olympics, the world diving championships,and the springboard world cup.

Ping Pong Players Jiao Zhimin and Ahn Jae-hyung

World table tennis champion Jiao Zhimin, her South Korean husband Ahn Jae-hyung, and their son An Byeong-hun [Xinhua]

Jiao Zhimin became a champion after winning the world table tennis championship in 1987. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics she won a bronze medal in the women's singles and a silver medal in women's doubles.

The pretty ping pong player first met South Korean table tennis doubles player Ahn Jae-hyung in 1984 at the 7th Asian Table Tennis Championship in Islamabad, Pakistan. They kept in close touch after the games ended.

After retiring in 1989, Jiao went to Switzerland to pursue higher education. Ahn Jae-hyung followed her there and proposed, and they registered their marriage at the Embassy of South Korea in Switzerland.

Jiao and Ahn's 17 year-old son An Byeong-hun became the youngest golf champion in US amateur history on Aug 30, 2009, when he beat Ben Martin in the 36-hole final of the 2009 Amateur Championship.

Skeet Shooting Champion Zhang Shan and Her Australian Husband

Skeet shooting champion Zhang Shan and her Australian husband [Xinhua]

Olympic skeet shooting gold medalist Zhang Shan and Australian former skeet shooting champion  held their wedding ceremony in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province on November 7, 2004. 

"We are all delighted that at the age of 36 Zhang Shan has finally found her Mr. Right," one of Zhang Shan's friends said.

"I chased Zhang for ten years before she finally agreed to be my life partner," was the bridegroom's comment.

The couple first met in 1993 at an international games meet in Germany. After 1995 their paths did not cross again until the year 2000 at the the Sydney Olympics. The Australian athlete had by that time retired from shooting, run a business, married and divorced and become an international shooting referee.

During last year's 11th National Games, 41-year-old Zhang added a silver medal to her National Games tally by winning two gold and two silver medals at the prestigious meet. Having taken part a record six times, Zhang will find it difficult to retire from the sport she so adores.

"If you see an old lady training for all her worth at the shooting range in 10 or 20 years' time it will probably be me," Zhang said.

Figure Skaters Chen Lu and Denis Petrov 

World figure skating champion Chen Lu with her Russian husband Denis Petrov [Xinhua]

Chinese figure skater Chen Lu and her Russian husband Denis Petrov tied the knot on July 8, 2005 in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province.

Chen Lu was the 1994 and 1998 Olympic figure skating bronze medalist and 1995 world champion.. Denis Petrov won the pairs figure skating silver medal at the 1992 Olympics. 
 
Chen and Lu first met in 1992. After retiring in 1998, Chen Lu joined a world figure skating star tour. Denis Petrov was one of her fellow performers. The rest is history.

The couple have a son and a daughter and now run a skating club in Shenzhen.

World Ping Pong Champion He Zhili and her ex-husband Hideyuki Koyama

World table tennis Champion He Zhili [Xinhua]

World ping pong champion He Zhili married Hideyuki Koyama in 1989 in Osaka, Japan. Hideyuki was at that time managing director of the Osaka Table Tennis Association. They first met in 1985 when He Zhili was on a friendly visit to Osaka with the Shanghai table tennis team.

Yideyuki beat Deng Yaping to the gold medal in 1994 at the 12th Asian Games in Hiroshima.

The couple divorced in 1998. He Zhili is now head coach at a table tennis club in Osaka.

(Source: Xinhua / Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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