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China’s Olympic roster its second-largest ever


LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Jianlian Yi of the China Olympic basketball team carries his countires flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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China’s Olympic Committee said it will send 416 athletes to the Rio Games, which would be its largest roster ever, behind when it hosted the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

China had 599 competitors at the Beijing Games, 384 at Athens 2004 and 375 at London 2012, according to

The Chinese roster in Rio will include nearly 100 more women than men (256 women, 160 men). Its youngest athlete is 14-year-old swimmer Ai Yanhan.

The U.S. roster will be approximately 555 athletes, with nobody younger than age 16 for the first time since 1948, according to

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