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Dandan Hu

Powerlifting | Wheelchair Tennis


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Li Zhen, one son
Nanjing, CHN
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Lianyungang Radio and TV University: China

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 2000 in Xuzhou, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up the sport by the headmaster of the local school. She played table tennis and tennis before she decided to try powerlifting.
Club / Team
Jiangsu Province: China

General interest

Reading, listening to music. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 45kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Chinese Para powerlifter Zhang Haidong. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Chinese Para powerlifter Tan Yujiao. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No pain, no gain." (, 13 May 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received the May 4th Youth Medal, the May 1st Labour Medal and was named a March 8th Red Banner Holder in the People's Republic of China. The honours were in recognition of her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 29 Sep 2016)
Other sports
She competed in wheelchair tennis at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 May 2019;, 13 May 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Li Zhen has competed in powerlifting at national level in the People's Republic of China. (, 12 Sep 2016)
To open a business dealing in maternity products after she retires from her sporting career. (, 12 May 2019)
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019;, 12 Sep 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Singles 1/16th final 514
Women's Singles 1/8th final 407
Women's Singles Quarterfinal 304
Women's Doubles 1/8th final 402
Women's Doubles Quarterfinal 304
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 45.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-06 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -45 kg Final Round 2016-09-09 1