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Women in a wheelchair doing para sport shooting

Cuiping Zhang

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Cuiping Zhang has consistently been one of the sharpest shooters in the sport, and she was right on target at the 2018 World Championships. She captured bronze in the R8 (women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1), an event that includes sporting great Veronika Vadovicova of Slovakia.

The 31-year-old from Handan City, China, has been involved in the sport since 2003 after being selected by the Hebei shooting team during a recruitment drive.

Zhang, who contracted polio that affected the use of her legs at age three, became a Chinese team member in 2006 and opened her Paralympic medal account, pocketing two silvers at the Beijing 2008 Games.

At the 2010 World Championships, Zhang won another two silver medals in R2 (women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1) and R8 events.

Her coach, Wang Ping, described Zhang as having a great mental strength and this innate ability helped her win two titles at the London 2012 Paralympics, including R2 against teammate Dang Shibei and European champion Vadovicova.

She claimed the first gold of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in R2, setting a world and Paralympic record in the process, followed by another Paralympic title in R8.

Zhang has no intention of giving up on the sport she loves.

“I have no thought to stop shooting as I love it,” she said. “As long as my performance continues well, I will continue to shoot.”

That she did. In 2014, Zhang retained her world title in R8.

In 2015, Zhang set three new world records. At the World Cup in Osijek, Croatia, she set a new qualifying and finals world best in R8 and a new finals world record in R2.

When Rio 2016 came around, Zhang proved unstoppable in two events, winning gold in R6 (mixed 50m rifle prone SH1) and R8, both with new finals Paralympic records. In R2, she also set a new Paralympic record in qualification but could not quite beat Vadovicova and claimed silver.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Residence
Handan, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2004 in Hebei, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
Her local shooting Para sport team was looking for new recruits so she tried the sport and was selected. She said the sport gave her more confidence.
Club / Team
Hebei Province: China
Name of coach
Wang Jian [club, national], CHN; Wang Ping [national], CHN; Hu Bing [national], CHN
Handedness
Right

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
China

General interest

Nicknames
Sniper (sina.com.cn, 30 Aug 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the Paralympic Games in both 2012 and 2016. (hdbs.cn, 20 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Wang Jian. (enorth.com.cn, 29 Dec 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she was named a National Self-Improvement Model by the provincial government in Hebei, People's Republic of China. (hdzc.net, 18 Jun 2014)

She received a Merit Citation Class One from the provincial government in Hebei, People's Republic of China. The honour was in recognition of her performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (sina.com.cn, 08 Nov 2012)

She has received the May 4th Youth Medal in the People's Republic of China. (people.com.cn, 31 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 09 Oct 2018)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. She was diagnosed with the illness at age three. (eastday.com, 31 Aug 2012; sports.sohu.com, 11 Sep 2008)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Air Rifle Standing SH1 Qualification 13
Women's Sport Rifle 3x20 SH1 Qualification 2
Women's Sport Rifle 3x20 SH1 Final Round 3
Mixed Air Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 1
Mixed Air Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2
Mixed Free Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 3
Mixed Free Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2
2010 IPC Shooting World Championships (Zagreb, Croatia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2010-07-17 4
Women's 50m Sport Rifle 3x20 SH1 Qualification 2010-07-20 4
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Elimination 2010-07-23 5
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2010-07-23 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R2 - Women's 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Qualification 2012-08-30 1
R2 - Women's 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Final Round 2012-08-30 1
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2012-09-01 3
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2012-09-01 1
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2012-09-04 15
R8 - Women's 50 m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final Round 2012-09-06 1
R8 - Women's 50 m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification 2012-09-06 1
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2014-07-19 12
Team R2 - Women's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2014-07-19 3
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-21 17
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-22 11
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Elimination 2014-07-22 9
Women's 50m Sport Rifle 3x20 SH1 Qualification 2014-07-24 2
Women's 50m Sport Rifle 3x20 SH1 Final 2014-07-24 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R2 - Women's 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Qualification 2016-09-08 1
R2 - Women's 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Final Round 2016-09-08 2
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2016-09-10 5
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2016-09-10 2
R8 - Women's 50 m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final Round 2016-09-13 1
R8 - Women's 50 m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification 2016-09-13 1
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2016-09-14 1
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2016-09-14 5
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Team R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 5
R8 - Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final 2018-05-05 3
R8 - Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 3
R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Final 2018-05-05 4
R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 2
R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 29
R2 - Women's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Final 2018-05-05 5
R2 - Women's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 6
Team R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 4