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Olympian returns to London 64 years later

AS China men's national basketball team makes preparations ahead of the highly anticipated matchup against the host country of the London Olympic Games next Monday, it will be cheered on by a special fan from Shanghai who made the same trip to London 64 years ago.

Wu Chengzhang, 88, a former Chinese basketball player who was in the 1948 London Olympics, left for London yesterday morning to experience Olympic basketball 64 years later. Wu will watch the men's basketball game between China and Great Britain and is expected to meet Lionel Price, the last survivor of the British basketball team at the 1948 games.

"I'm very excited about the trip," he told Shanghai Daily at Pudong International Airport. "I still remember the days when I was playing basketball in London 64 years ago. It's amazing London is holding the Olympics again and I want to see the changes of the city through the years."

Wu still remembers every game his team played in the qualifiers against Chile, Belgium, South Korea, the Philippines and Iraq.

To him, the last game with Iraq, in which he scored 32 points, seems like a victory that happened only yesterday. China's 125-25 win over Iraq is one of the biggest margins in Olympic basketball history. China, however, did not qualify.

The 1.76-meter-tall Wu was one of 33 athletes from China who participated in the 1948 London Games in basketball, soccer, track and field, swimming and cycling.


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