21769-Hongyan Qian photo


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Kunming, CHN
Athlete, Office Worker

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming training in 2007 in Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
Her parents and coach Zhang Honghu encouraged her to take up the sport.
Club / Team
Yunnan Province: China

General interest

Basketball girl. (Weibo profile, 01 Oct 2018)
Travelling, photography. (Weibo profile, 01 Oct 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 05 Dec 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We must look forward. I am doing well now and grateful to what happened in the past. I would not train this hard if it was not because the past I went through. This makes me strong." (, 29 Aug 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 17 Aug 2018;, 23 Jul 2017)
At age four she lost her legs in a car accident. (, 19 Jul 2016)
Other information
After retiring from sport she plans to work for an association for people with impairments in her hometown in Luliang County, Yunnan Province. "After I stop training, I will go back to my hometown and work. I hope I will experience something other than swimming at work in the future." (, 29 Aug 2019)

She became known as the 'Basketball Girl' in the People's Republic of China after the car accident that caused amputations of both of her legs. Because her family was unable to afford a prosthesis or wheelchair for her, her grandfather cut a basketball in half, put some cotton inside the basketball, and tied it to her lower body, so that she could move around with the assistance of her hands. A video of her was posted online, which became popular in her home nation. (, 15 Aug 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 1 2016-09-11 4