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Bozun Yang

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Family
Son Yang Zimo
Residence
Tianjin, CHN
Languages
English, Mandarin
Higher education
Administration Studies - Tianjin Open University: China

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para swimming in 2005 in Tianjin, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
At first he wanted to be a performer with an impaired artists troupe. However, he was noticed by a swimming coach while he was registering with the Tianjin Disability Federation in the People's Republic of China and encouraged to try swimming.
Club / Team
Tianjin : China
Name of coach
Yu Bo [club], CHN

General interest

Nicknames
Little Phelps, Chinese Flying Fish (163.com, 14 Sep 2015; xinmin.cn, 15 Jan 2013; cdpf.org.cn, 26 Oct 2016)
Hobbies
Playing music with his son. (k.sina.com.cn, 27 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (xinhuanet.com, 16 Sep 2008)
Awards and honours
He was chosen to carry the torch through Tianjin in the People's Republic of China in the lead-up to the 2017 National Para Games. (sports.eastday.com, 08 Aug 2017)

He was chosen to carry the torch through the host city in the lead-up to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (sohu.com, 06 Sep 2008)

He has been given the May 4th Youth Medal and the National Labour Medal during his career. He has also twice been named a national Outstanding Athlete and Advanced Individual in the Great Hall of the People. (china.com.cn, 23 May 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sohu.com, 18 Oct 2019)
Impairment
He became blind at age 19 due to glaucoma. (tjtyj.gov.cn, 06 Sep 2016)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
He retired from Para swimming to become a teacher following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He decided to quit his job and resume his sporting career ahead of the 2015 National Para Games in Sichuan, People's Republic of China. He had previously retired from the sport after the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, before returning to the national team in 2010. (163.com, 15 Sep 2015; jmnews.com.cn, 17 Dec 2010)

MUSICIAN
He wrote a song called 'Voice of the Dragon' for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (bendibao.com, 03 Sep 2012; qq.com, 16 Dec 2010)

CHARITY WORK
In 2006 he established a charity called the Bo Zun Education Foundation. He sold his first Paralympic gold medal to help five students with an impairment attend school. He also auctioned other gold medals to raise money for victims of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. (sohu.com, 06 Sep 2008)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 1 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 49pts Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2012-08-31 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-08-31 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2012-09-01 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-09-01 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 2012-09-02 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2012-09-02 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2012-09-03 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 2012-09-03 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2012-09-07 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-09-07 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2016-09-09 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 2016-09-09 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-12 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2016-09-12 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 2016-09-13 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2016-09-13 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2016-09-15 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 1 2016-09-16 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2016-09-16 3