Olympic champ Quan Hongchan youngest name on Forbes China’s 30 under 30
- All 30 names on the sports section are Olympic gold medal winners including swimming star Zhang Yufei and diving team
- Athletes dominated by women, who fill 21 spots, with several teenage champions, including 14-year-old, on the list
China’s youngest Olympic champion at the Toyko 2020 Games, Quan Hongchan, has earned herself another plaudit as she was named to the Forbes China 30 Under 30 list for 2021, which was published on Thursday.
The 14-year-old is the youngest person on the overall list of 300, which includes 30 names for 10 separate industries, with Quan and her fellow Chinese Olympic gold medal winners named to the sport list.
Teammate Chen Yuxi, 16, is the next youngest athlete with 17-year-old Zhang Jiaqi also on there. All three divers won gold in Tokyo with Quan winning in the 10m platform and the older pair taking gold in the 10m synchronised.
The trio help to drag the average age of the list to 27.7 years old – 0.2 years younger than last year, Forbes noted. Some 24 of the athletes are aged 27 and under.
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While the publication also noted that around a third of the 300 names were women, of the 30 in the sport section there were just nine male athletes compared to 21 females.
The teenage diving trio are listed along with men’s 10m platform winner Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi who won gold in the 3m springboard and 3m synchro.
Also in the pool, China’s butterfly queen swimmer Zhang Yufei makes the list after her remarkable performance at the Tokyo Games. Zhang matched Sun Yang’s medal haul for a single Olympics with four medals – two golds and two silvers.
Badminton gold medallist Chen Yufei, who beat Taiwan’s world No 1 Tai Tzu-ying in the final, is joined by track cycling pair Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi, who won gold in the women’s team sprint at the Summer Games.
Rowers Chen Yunxia, Cui Xiaotong, Zhang Ling – who were part of the women’s coxless fours gold medal winners, along with Yang Lyu – made the list as do six gold medal-winning weightlifters: Chen Lijun, Li Fabin, Li Wenwen, Shi Zhiyong, Wang Zhouyu and Hou Zhihui.
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Shooting is well represented, with Jiang Ranxin, Yang Haoran, Yang Qian and Zhang Changhong all making the cut after winning gold in Tokyo.
Elsewhere, the gymnasts Guan Chenchen, the 17-year-old women’s balance beam winner, and men’s rings champion Liu Yang were joined by trampoline gold medallist Zhu Xueying.
There was also space for gold medal-winning women’s javelin champ Liu Shiying, women’s individual épée winner Sun Yiwen and Olympic champion kayaker Sun Mengya, alongside paddler Wang Menyu, who helped China to the women’s table tennis team gold.
All of China’s Olympic gold medal winners are set to compete at the ongoing China National Games, where Quan won two more golds for Guangdong province.
Aside from sport, the other nine industries covered by Forbes China this year are fashion, art, lifestyle; social enterprise; enterprise technology; retail, e-commerce and consumer technology; science and medical health; financial venture capital; education; advertising, marketing and media; and Industry, manufacturing, energy and environmental protection.