Despite being at the grand old age of 33, Wang Hebing is
still the best setter in China. Chinese head coach De
Anhe has tried several younger setters since he took the
helm of the national team in 2001, only to find that
Wang is indispensable.
Standing at 191cms, Wang is an aggressive setter, just
like his female counterpart Kun Feng. Not only can he
deliver accurate balls for teammates, but he also
executes unexpected kills by himself. His excellent jump
service made him even more dangerous to opponents.
Wang Hebing joined the Chinese national team for the
first time in 1995 and he helped China win the title at
the Bangkok Asian Games in 1998 and the Asian
Championship the year after. He withdrew from the Asian
Championship in 2001 due to a leg injury before being
appointed as head coach of the Zhejiang Liqun club.
When the Chinese national squad gathered again in 2003,
Di recalled Wang, which brought immediate results with
China finishing runners-up to South Korea at the Asian
Championship in Tianjin, China in September.
Wang has always been dreaming of playing in the Olympics
and the Athens Olympics may be his last chance.
“I have never competed at the Olympics,” he said. “I
will try my best to help China clinch the berth to the
Athens Olympics. I don’t want to be sorry for the rest
of my life.”