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Zheng Haixia

Zheng Haixia, 6 feet and 8 inches tall, is by far the best women basketball player in China, leading the Chinese national team to several championships.

Zheng was born in the city of Tuocheng in Central China's Henan Province on March 7, 1967. She started to practice basketball at the age of 12 and was selected by the Wuhan Army club team one year later. In 1983, she entered the national team.

In 1983, Zheng make her debut at the World Basketball Championships and finished 3rd. The following year, she and her teammates finished 1st in Asian Junior Basketball Championships and 2nd in the 23rd Olympic Games.

In 1986, she led the Chinese team to fifth in the 10th World Championships, 1st in Asian Games, 1st in World University Games and 2nd in World Championships.

In 1992, she inspired her teammates to win the silver in the Barcelona Olympics. The following year, she won the East Asian Games, the World University Games and National Games.

In 1994, she claimed the titles in the Asian Championships and ranked 2nd in the World Championships, being named MVP of the event by averaging 26.4 points, 13.1 rebounds and shooting 83.5% from the field.

One year later, she and her teammates retained their title in the 16th Asian Championships. In 1995, Zheng helped China to win the Asian Championships again.

In 1996, she made her fourth Olympic appearance in Barcelona, averaging 18.1 points, 9 rebounds. One year later, she won the 8th National Games with the PLA team.

After that event, she retired from the national team and went to play with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA in the United States. At the end of 1998, she returned to China and began to coach the PLA women's team.

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