July 7, 1996 |
It is difficult to determine whether Chinese female distance runners startled the track and field world more in 1993 for their performances--three gold medals in the World Championships, three world records--or for the concoction they drank before workouts. Their controversial coach, Ma Junren, said that the recipe included turtle blood and caterpillar fungus. Rivals suggested that the Chinese women had ingested more potent substances, such as banned anabolic steroids and stimulants.
July 28, 1992 |
For 2 1/2 hours under the midday sun Monday, it was the most breathtaking sight in Barcelona: Fu on the hill, the diving platform high atop Montjuic, with Gothic cathedrals and 17th-Century castles off in the distance behind her, the world at her feet. Fu Mingxia, a Chinese schoolgirl who won't turn 14 for three more weeks, won the Olympic women's platform diving gold medal so decisively and so easily that the post-competition buzz turned quickly to how many in all she might be able to collect.
August 5, 1992 |
A Chinese volleyball player has been disqualified from the Olympics after becoming the first athlete who competed at Barcelona to test positive for drugs, a spokeswoman said today. Wu Dan, a striker on China's women's team, tested positive for strychnine, a stimulant, said Michele Verdier of the International Olympic Committee. Wu said the strychnine must have been contained in herbal medicine she had taken as a tonic.
September 6, 1994 |
Not even one minute into the first night of swimming's World Championships, the tidal wave from China that had been forecast began to sweep across the pool at Foro Italico with the same shocking force as the lightning that struck two nights earlier and forced postponement of a diving event.
October 5, 1990 |
Just as a Ping-Pong match two decades ago provided the diplomatic pretext for improved relations between the United States and China, the Asian Games in Beijing appear to have set the seal on improved ties between China and Vietnam. Vietnam sent its aging hero of two wars against the French and Americans, Deputy Premier Vo Nguyen Giap, to attend the games, which end Sunday. He was the first Vietnamese leader to make an official visit to China in more than a decade.
October 5, 1997 |
It was an ordinary weekday night, but things were bouncing at the Golden Altar Lanes near the 500-year-old Temple of Heaven. Over in Lane 27, a trio of paunchy, middle-aged industrial engineers--graying hair dyed black--launched balls into parabolic orbit and watched helplessly as they crashed on the polished wood floor and swerved into the gutter. "We wanted to see what young people in Beijing do for fun these days," said one member of the hapless group, who identified himself as Engineer Zhao.
July 1, 2001 |
Everywhere in Beijing are signs that this is it, the time for Beijing to take its place on the world stage, a place the Chinese fervently believe is rightfully theirs. Already, Beijing's symbol of the 2008 Olympic Games, a stylized tai chi action figure, is emblazoned seemingly everywhere--on posters, on highway monuments, even in neon lights on the facades of large buildings. The Olympics are topic No.
August 23, 1993 |
Many found perches throughout the city from where they could watch the Chinese fireworks one night last week, jamming traffic for hours. But no one complained because the show was spectacular, hardly surprising considering the Chinese invented fireworks. Somewhat less appreciated was the success of the Chinese female runners in track and field's World Championships, which ended Sunday.
August 14, 1992 |
A member of the Chinese Olympic team is expected to add more international flavor to the UCLA basketball team next season. Ma Jian, a 6-foot-6 forward, told reporters during the Barcelona Games that he will enroll at UCLA this fall. Ma, 22, would join a Bruin roster that will include two Czechs--Richard Petruska and Jiri Zidek--and a Texan of Nigerian descent--Ike Nwankwo of Houston.
September 13, 1993 |
Another day, another world record by a Chinese woman runner. Wang Junxia chopped 10 seconds off the 3,000-meter record Sunday at the seventh National Games with a time of 8 minutes 12.19 seconds. It was the third time in five days that a Chinese woman runner has broken a track and field world record. Perhaps even more remarkable is that five Chinese were under the old the 3,000-meter world record of 8:22.62, set nine years ago by Tatyana Kazankina of the former Soviet Union.