Young Voice——Zhong Man

Zhong Man (born February 28, 1983 in Nantong, Jiangsu) is a Chinese sabre fencer, who competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the second ever gold medal for China in fencing. During the 07/08 season, he was ranked number 2 in the world.

Zhong formerly became a athlete in National Team in 2005. Then the 25-year-old sabre fencer defeated Frenchman Nicolas Lopez 15-9 in men's sabre individual event final at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The gold medal came as China's second in its fencing history. It came 28 years after Luan Jujie picked up the country's first (women's) fencing gold in Los Angeles. But it was not the case for the 25-year-old Zhong, whose previous best result was a team title at the 2007 Asian Championships.

Bauer, a legendary French coach invited to China in 2004, is considered the hero behind the success after lifting the Chinese sabre team from obscurity up to an elite international level in a short space of time. When Christian Bauer spotted Chinese fencer Zhong Man in 2006 at China's training base in a western suburb of Beijing he didn't think much about the 24-year-old, though he liked his speed and explosive power. Under his coaching, Zhong improved dramatically to be seeded 10th in Beijing.

“His judgment of the distance is inherent. Diligence and talent are the two secrets of his success.”