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Hongzhuan Zhou of China prepares to compete in the Women's 800m - T53 Final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Hongzhuan Zhou

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Zhou is one of the world’s best T53 wheelchair racers who, during a glittering career, has won six Paralympic and seven world titles.

She made her Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008, having taken up the sport four years earlier at 16-years-old. Zhou immediately made her mark, medalling in each of her three races. She won 800m T53 (1:57.25) gold, 400m T53 (55.28) silver and 200m T53 (30.15) bronze.

Four years later at London 2012, she won 400m T53 (55.47) and 800m T53 (1:52.85) gold, as well as 100m T53 (16.90) silver and 200m T53 (29.40) bronze.

In 2014 she also won three gold medals at the Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.

At Rio 2016 she retained her 400m T53 (54.43) and 800m T53 (1:47.45) titles, setting new world records in both events. She also set a personal best over 100m (16.51) to take silver and was part of the Chinese team that won gold and broke the world record in the 4x400m relay T53-54 (3:32.11).

Away from the Paralympics, Zhou has competed in five World Championships. Since her debut in 2006 she has won 15 medals, seven of which are gold.

Most recently, at the London 2017 World Championships, Zhou clinched 400m (55.22) and 800m T53 (1:54.72) gold as well as bronze over 100m against a formidable field which includes the likes of Australian Madison de Rozario, Great Britain’s Samantha Kinghorn and the USA’s Chelsea McClammer.

The impairment to her legs is the result of polio, an illness she contracted at age three.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2004 in Huangshi, People's Republic of China.
Club / Team
Hebei Province: China
Name of coach
Huang Peng [national], CHN

General interest

Nicknames
Camel (yzdsb.com.cn, 22 Jul 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Huang Peng. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She received a Merit Citation Class One from the provincial government in Hebei, People's Republic of China, in recognition of her performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (cz.wenming.cn, 16 Aug 2013)
Impairment
The impairment to her legs is the result of polio. She contracted the illness at age three. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; hebei.news.163.com, 03 Jan 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 9999
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 1
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 2
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 3
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 1 1
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2011-01-22 3
Women's 100 m T53 Final 2011-01-23 3
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2011-01-24 2
Women's 800 m T53 Final 2011-01-24 2
Women's 200 m T53 Final 2011-01-25 3
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 2011-01-27 1
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2011-01-28 1
Women's 400 m T53 Final 2011-01-29 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-02 2
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-05 1
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-06 3
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T53 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 5
Women's 800 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-23 1
Women's 400 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 1
Women's 400 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-27 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-23 7
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-24 1
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2015-10-25 2
Women's 400 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-25 2
Women's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2015-10-26 5
Women's 800 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-27 2
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-28 4
Women's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-29 2
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 1 2015-10-31 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-08 1
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-08 2
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2016-09-10 1
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-11 1
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-15 1
Women's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-17 1
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-17 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-15 10
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-17 9
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-18 1
Women's 400 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-19 1
Women's 800 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 1
Women's 100 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 3