Chen Long Bio: Racket, Career, Wife & Net Worth

In badminton, Chen long has become a successful individual to set up his name as a champion. He also successfully ranked himself as world number one on 2014 December 24, in the men’s single category. 

Currently, Long manages his top spot at No. 6 in the same category. 

Likewise, Chen won his first professional title in the Philippines in 2009 and the Grand Prix gold events. Meanwhile, he has been successful in grabbing the gold medal at Olympic Games in 2016 Rio Janeiro.

To date, Chen has bagged 20 gold medals in different international titles. 

Chen Long current ranking
Chen Long, the former No. 1, holds the current ranking of 6 in Men’s Singles.

“It doesn’t matter if you are number 1 or number 2, you have to prepare for everything” 

With a successful and clinical ability to perform on the badminton court, Chen long gathered lots of respect and love from his Chinese fan. He has been successful in gathering 75,128 ranking points for his nation China as of April 2019.

Overall, he is one of the finest Chinese badminton players who can exemplify the court’s most exemplary performance.

Now, let’s check the quick facts about the Chinese professional badminton player Chen long Before going through his biography.

Quick Facts

Full NameChen Long(谌龙)
Birth Date18 January 1989
Birth PlaceShashi District, Jingzhou, Hubei, China
ReligionUnknown
NationalityChinese
SexualityStraight
EthnicityAsian-Chinese
EducationUnknown
HoroscopeCapricorn
Father’s NameChen Hua
Mother’s NameZhang Yuxia
SiblingsUnknown
Age33 years old
Height1.87 m(6’2″)
Weight75 kg(165 lb)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Marital statusMarried
WifeWang Shixian
ProfessionProfessional Badminton Player
Net Worth$1- $5 Million
CoachLi Mao
Career HistoryOlympic Games, World Championships, Sudirman Cup, Thomas Cup, Asian Games, Asian Championships, East Asian Games, World Junior Championships, Asian Junior Championships
Years Active2007-Present
Dominant HandRight
Social MediaTwitter
Merch Badminton Racket, Badminton Set
Last UpdateAugust, 2022

Chen Long | Early Life, Education & Family

The former number 1, Long, was born on born January 18, 1989, to his father, Chen Hua, and Zhang Yuxia. Furthermore, he was raised in Shashi District, Jingzhou, in China.

However, there are no more facts and information about Chen’s family and his early life.

But, it is a fact that he was fond of badminton since his childhood days and started playing badminton at the age of 7 back in 1996.

There is no information regarding his education and academic qualification. Also, the information regarding his siblings is unconfirmed.

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Chen Long | Age, Body Measurements & Nationality

As Chen was born in 1989, he is 33 years old. According to his birth chart, his horoscope is Capricorn.

Capricorns are known for being inventive, creative, highly motivated, and career-oriented.

As an athlete, Long stands at an ideal height of 6 ft 2 inches and a weight of 75 kilograms. Meanwhile, in terms of nationality, he is Chinese by birth, while his ethnicity happens to be Asian. 

Chen Long | Early Career

Chen enrolled in Jingzhou’s Sports School and successfully demonstrated his potential and talent as a badminton player. At just the age of seven, he set up his foundation to be the world champion in the future.

In 1996, Chen Long entered the sports academy at Jingzhou to further his young age skills. Meanwhile, he was selected to the national youth team in 2005 and the second national youth team in 2006.

Similarly, in 2007, Chen grabbed the title of Asian junior championship and world junior championship. Also, he helped his country to win Suhandinata Cup in the same year.

The success in his junior career within the year awarded Chen to step into the platform in the Chinese first team. He got selected as the national first-team player in 2008.

Career Statistics 

Following the year in January 2010, Chen made up to the semifinals in the Korea Open Super Series and got defeated by Danish player Peter Gade.

Meanwhile, in the super series event Swiss open, Chen gave outstanding results in the final and ended the journey as runner-up.

Likewise, in the 2010 Thomas cup in Kuala Lumpur, he was a team member while lifting the gold medal trophy.

In 2010 again, Chen won his second gold for China at the Asian Games hosted in Guangzhou. He added to his success two weeks later by winning the China Open Super Series.

In winning back-to-back Super Series Title, Chen faced defeat in the semifinal match against Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat in Hongkong open.

Chen’s good performance propelled him to his career record of third place in the world rankings, instantly making him the top-ranked Chinese badminton player.

Medal Records

Let’s take a look at his medal records (extracted from Wikipedia) representing China.

Olympic Games
Gold2016 Rio de JaneiroMen’s singles
Bronze2012 LondonMen’s singles
World Championships
Gold2014 CopenhagenMen’s singles
Gold2015 JakartaMen’s singles
Bronze2017 GlasgowMen’s singles
Bronze2018 NanjingMen’s singles
Sudirman Cup
Gold2009 GuangzhouMixed team
Gold2011 QingdaoMixed team
Gold2013 Kuala LumpurMixed team
Gold2015 DongguanMixed team
Gold2019 NanningMixed team
Bronze2017 Gold CoastMixed team
Thomas Cup
Gold2010 Kuala LumpurMen’s team
Gold2012 WuhanMen’s team
Gold2018 BangkokMen’s team
Bronze2014 New DelhiMen’s team
Asian Games
Gold2010 GuangzhouMen’s team
Gold2018 Jakarta–PalembangMen’s team
Silver2014 IncheonMen’s singles
Bronze2014 IncheonMen’s team
Asian Championships
Gold2017 WuhanMen’s singles
Silver2009 SuwonMen’s singles
Silver2013 TaipeiMen’s singles
Silver2016 WuhanMen’s singles
Silver2018 WuhanMen’s singles
Bronze2011 ChengduMen’s singles
Bronze2012 QingdaoMen’s singles
Bronze2015 WuhanMen’s singles
East Asian Games
Gold2009 Hong KongMen’s team
Gold2013 TianjinMen’s team
World Junior Championships
Gold2007 Waitakere CityBoys’ singles
Gold2007 Waitakere CityMixed team
Asian Junior Championships
Gold2007 Kuala LumpurBoys’ singles
Silver2007 Kuala LumpurMixed team

International Career 

In Chen’s career in 2012, he faced defeat in the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open against Indian player Parupalli Kashyap and semifinals of the 2012 summer Olympics against Malaysian player Lee Chong Wei.

However, after his loss in the semifinal in the 2012 Summer Olympics, he managed to grab bronze in the championship defeating Lee Hyun-il in the bronze medal match.

Chen’s bad luck kept going as the Chinese team lost in the semifinals of the Thomas Cup against Japan, and the media blamed Chen Long entirely.

Furthermore, his losing streak continued with his elimination from the Japan Open against Hu Yun of Hong Kong and the Indonesia Open to Danish player Jan Ø. Jørgensen.

However, on August 31, 2014, his fortune supported him as he defeated Lee Chong Wei in the finals of the 2014 World Championship game in Copenhagen, winning his first World Championship title.

Chen then went on to win more tournaments, concluding in the 2014 BWF Super Series Masters Finals, where he ousted Lee Chong Wei to become the world’s No. 1 badminton player.

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Tokyo Olympics

In the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Chen had a tremendous start and managed to reach the finals in the men’s singles category. However, he failed to bring the gold home after losing to Danish Badminton Player Viktor Axelsen. 

Following the loss, he received a lot of hate and backlash from the Chinese fans, who called him “useless” and “disgrace.” Nevertheless, none of them knew the real truth behind his underperformance. 

The tennis player sustained an injury that involved the formation of two big blisters on the sole of his foot. As a result, his movement was quite limited.

Chinese Badminton Association’s head coach expressed that he was touched by Chen’s fighting spirit. Despite the injury, the Chinese player took responsibility for the loss and apologized to the Chinese fans and citizens. 

Chen Long and Lin Dan 

With the tag of the world no.1, Chen Long started his 2015 season, winning his second All England title against Jan O Jorgensen. In addition, his win streak continued in the 2015 Malaysia Super Series Premier, where he defeated Lin Dan.

Again, in the 2015 Jakarta World Championship, Chen quickly reached the final and successfully won against Lee Chong Wei to defend the title.

Furthermore, he won the 8th super series trophy with victory in the 2015 Korea Open Super Series by defeating Ajay Jayaram in the final.

In the 2016 summer Olympics, Riocentro, Brazil, on August 20, 2016, Chen Long successfully grabbed his first Olympic goal medal. He defeated Malaysian player Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles finals.

Similarly, Chen competed in the 2018 Thomas Cup but was defeated in the final match by Kento Momota, the 2018 World Champion.

Heidi Andersson | Personal Life, Wife, and Child

Even though a Chinese badminton player exudes youthfulness, Chen is married to Wang Shixian, a former Chinese world No. 1 in women’s singles. Chen and Wang have been in a relationship since 2007.

Likewise, the couple met each other when they were on the Chinese junior team. Also, they held their relationship private until 2013, when they finally revealed their relationship details.

After that, the two were loved by the public and fans of the player. Finally, the two got married on November 28, 2017.

Pronunciation Issue

Well, there were some issues regarding Chen Long’s surname. His surname had to be actually pronounced in some way, but it was pronounced on some other day during the early days of his career.

When he joined China’s athlete system, his surname was registered inappropriately as Chen. He tried rectifying errors but finally had to leave it that way.

Chen Long is on his way to owning back-to-back Olympic titles

The ruling Olympic badminton champion Chen Long says that his two years old son is too young to understand what record-holder player he is.

Chen adds that his kid just knows that he is a badminton player but does not understand how far he has come winning most of the titles to his name. But maybe from now, he will be cheering me as long as I compete.

Chen has vanquished Estonia’s Raul Must on Sunday (25 July) at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza during a Men’s Singles Group N match on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Chen is surely looking forward to holding onto his men’s singles title at Tokyo 2020 and having his profile filled with back-to-back Olympic titles, prosperity that Lin Dan only achieves.

Chen’s next match is against Pablo Albian (Team Spain). He is not pressurizing himself at the moment, but he is surely not letting anything distract him. He just wants to be there and compete to the fullest.

Chen Long’s tool cum badminton racket

Let’s talk about his tool, the badminton racket! To every warrior going for the battle on the field, the thing that mostly counts is his weapon, a shield that aids him in defending and fastness.

Similarly, Chen Long especially takes care of his racket and changes it only once in a while, and currently, he has been using the Li Ning 3D Calibar 900 (the black gold version).

The 3D caliber series is outlined by a geometric edgy frame design which is made to lessen air resistance while swinging the racket. 

Chen Long also does not change his shoe model often. 

Chen Long | Net Worth, Salary, and Income

According to various sources, Long’s net worth is somewhere between $1 and $5 million. His badminton profession and achievement have contributed to his acquired success.

Since he earns mostly on a prize money basis, he does not have a fixed salary. He made US $298,413 in 2015 and US $69,325 in 2016. 

However, having said that, there are not many details and information regarding his income. 

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Social Media Presence

Chen is available on social media and on Twitter as @zxcchenlong. Unlike other star players, he is rarely active on social media.

Funny enough, he last tweeted back in November 2013. 

Chen's last tweet
Chen’s last tweet

Likewise, the former No. 1 has few fan followers on Twitter, with just 201 followers. In addition, he rarely posts anything and has a few Twitter tweets through his account.

Chen Long | FAQs 

Who is Chen Long’s Coach?

Chinese coach Li Mao coaches Chen Long.

Do Wang Shixian and Che Long have a child?

Yes, they have a son. Unfortunately, we don’t have information regarding him.

Who was Chen long’s rival?

A Malaysian professional, Lee Chong Wei, is considered the rival of Chen Long.

Is Chen Long retired?

Yes, the athlete recently announced his retirement in April 2022. He revealed that his appearance at the Shaanxi National Games would be the last game of his career. 

Long said that he wished to spend more time with his wife and son following his retirement. 

What is the vital factor of Chen Long?

Chen Long’s defense and fast reflexes are his greatest assets. “Playing against Chen Long is like playing against a wall,” several players, including Lin Dan, have said.

In addition, his body allows him to reach for shots more effectively than many other players.

 

(Make sure to comment down below if any information goes missing. We are ready to update in case of helpful information.)

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