Man on a bench lifting

Lei Liu hit the big stage in Beijing, when he was chosen to carry the Paralympic torch through Zaozhuang in the run-up to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Liu put on an astounding performance at those Games, winning the men's up to 75kg event with a top lift of 225.0kg.

He was then switched into the men's up to 67.5kg category, and went on to win gold at the 2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His heaviest lift of 222.5kg broke the world record for both seniors and juniors.

But this was not enough for the Chinese champion, as with constant training and guidance from his coach Li Weipu, Liu won gold and broke his own world record with a lift of 226kg at the London 2012 Games.

Following changes to the weight categories made after London, Liu began competing in the up to 65kg, where he has won World Championships gold and both Asian and European Open gold in the years since.

At Rio 2016 he won his third consecutive Paralympic title, but his hopes of improving on his own world record from earlier in the year were dashed by Iraq's Rasool Mohsin.

Mohsin, perhaps wanting to prove a point after the loss of the gold to Liu, successfully pushed 227kg in the fourth round to at least claim the world record.

Their rivlary will continue into 2017 at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City.


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

One child
Higher education
Physiotherapy - Beijing Sport University: China

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2003 in Nanjing, People's Republic of China.

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Reading. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 75kg category at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Apr 2021; Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Chinese basketball player Yao Ming. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you see the world in a positive manner, the world will turn out to be positive." (, 22 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for the People's Republic of China at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 18 Sep 2016)

He was named a First Class Athlete by the National Paralympic Committee of China in November 2014. (, 15 Nov 2014)

He was chosen to carry the Paralympic torch through Zaozhuang, People's Republic of China, in the lead-up to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 27 Sep 2009)

He has received the May 1st Labour Medal, the May 4th Youth Medal and the Shandong Provincial Labour Medal during his career. (, 08 Feb 2014)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 08 Oct 2016)
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness as a child. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019;, 15 Sep 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -75 kg Final Round 1
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 67.50kg Final 2010-07-27 9999
Men's Up to 67.50kg WR Attempt 2010-07-27 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 2012-09-02 1
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 65.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-07 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -72 kg Final Round 2016-09-11 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 65.00kg Final 2017-12-08 2