Chen Long is a Chinese professional badminton player born in Shashi District, Jingzhou, Hubei.
He was the former World No.1 and occupied the top men’s singles ranking for 76 consecutive weeks from December 2014 to June 2016.
Full Name: Chen Long
Date of birth: 18 January 1989
Profession: Professional badminton player
Career span: 2007- Present
Chen Long began his international journey in 2007 when he played and won the Asian and World Junior championship.
In 2009 he played and won his first professional tournament at the Philippines Open and won many titles and achievements, which you will get to know in the paragraph below.
Achievements and Victories of Chen Long
This Chinese Chen Long is currently ranked 9th in Badminton World Federation ranking.
And here are some of his top achievements:
- Olympic Games: A gold in 2016, a silver in 2020, and a bronze in 2012.
- World Championships: Two gold medals in 2014 and 2015 and two bronze medals in 2017 and 2018.
- Sudirman Cup: Five gold medals in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2019, and a silver in 2017.
- Thomas Cup: Three gold medals in 2010, 2012, and 2018, and a bronze in 2014.
- Asian Games: Two gold medals in 2010 and 2018 and two silver medals in 2014.
- Asian Championships: A gold medal in 2017, four silver medals in 2009, 2013, 2016, and 2018, and three bronze medals in 2011, 2012, and 2015.
- East Asian Games: Two gold medals in 2009 and 2013.
- World Junior Championships: Two gold medals in 2007.
- Asian Junior Championships: A gold medal in 2007 and a silver in the same year.
Also, take a look at this video, where you can see Chen Long performing some of his best skills and shots:
Badminton Rackets used by Chen Long
Chen Long is China’s juvenile player, and here’s the list of some rackets used by him throughout his career:
2009-2017 (Li-Ning Flame N55)
Chen Long used Li-Ning Flame N55 for a decade, from 2009 to 2017.
He performed well using this racket and won many titles.
And talking about the design of this racket, then it holds the same red and yellow colours as that of the Chinese flag.
2018- 2021 (Li-Ning 3D Calibar 900)
From 2018 to 2021, Chen Long used Li-Ning 3D Calibar 900 (the black gold version).
This 3D calibre series is characterized by a geometric edgy frame design which helps to reduce air resistance while swinging the racket or playing a shot.
2021- Present (Li-Ning AX Force 80)
Chen Long is currently using Li-Ning AX Force 80, a premium quality racket specially made for players who aim for victory.
And it features a slim, flexible shaft with a head-heavy profile.
It also helps to transfer the racket weight into your shots, making them more effective and powerful.
Net-worth and salary of Chen Long
Chen Long is a Chinese player with a net worth of $10 million.
His primary source of income is his profession (being a badminton player) and the endorsements he signed with many top brands like Li-Ning.
Also, the Chinese government pays for their top players’ living costs so they can concentrate on their game and honour their country.
Rather than this, Chen Long’s net worth also comes from the prize money.
Where did Chen Long take his training?
Chen Long is the gold medalist in the men’s singles in the Rio Olympics.
He’s another leader of the Chinese badminton team after Lin Dan.
And do you know how this beautiful young man grew from a child of an ordinary family to a world badminton giant?
Chen Long was born in Jingzhou, Hubei, to Zhang Yuxia and Chen Hua.
His father was a cadre of Jingzhou Education and Sports Bureau, whereas his mother worked in the Rural Commercial Bank of Shacheng District.
Both his parents were basketball players in the Wuhan Military Region before changing jobs, which is why Chen Long inherited the good sports genes.
Chen Long was outstanding; when he was 6 years old, his height reached 1.2 meters.
Also, he had a good ball touch, strong explosive power, and excellent physical coordination.
After watching Chen Long’s abilities, his parents hoped that their son could develop in sports, so they let Chen Long enter the Shashi Sports School to practice badminton.
At a young age, he showed his talent, and after turning seven, he joined a sports school in Jingzhou in 1996.
Later he joined the Xiamen team, and in 2005 he was selected to join the national youth team.
He also got expelled from the national team, and soon in 2006, he entered the second national team.
Due to COVID and his injuries, Chen Long was on a five-month vacation.
But currently, he’s taking his sessions at Guoyu’s training base in Shuangliu, Chengdu.
Coach of Chen Long
Full name: Li Yongbo
Date of birth: 18 September 1962
Profession: Head coach of the Chinese badminton team
Li Yongbo (current coach of Chen Long) is a retired Chinese badminton player and a former head coach of the Chinese national team.
He was one of the best men’s doubles players from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s and was well known for his quickness, reflexes, and power.
Li Yongho took his retirement from his game and started coaching the Chinese players.
And during his 24-year tenure as head coach, Li saw China secure its position as the sport’s most successful country, winning 18 Olympic gold medals and numerous international tournaments.
Achievements and victories of Li Yongbo
- Olympic Games: A bronze medal in 1992.
- World Championships: Two gold medals in 1987 and 1989, a silver medal in 1985, and a bronze medal in 1991.
- World Cup: A gold medal in 1988, four silver medals in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989 and two bronze medals in 1990 and 1991.
- Thomas Cup: Three gold medals in 1986, 1988, and 1990, and a bronze medal in 1992.
- Asian Games: Two gold medals in 1990 and two silver medals in 1986.
- Asian Championships: A gold medal in 1987.