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.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He was named a First Class Athlete by the National Paralympic Committee of China in November 2014. (cpc2008.org.cn, 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. (jnnews.tv, 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. (iqilu.com, 08 Feb 2014)
|Men's -75 kg||Final Round||1|
|Men's Up to 67.50kg||Final||2010-07-27||9999|
|Men's Up to 67.50kg||WR Attempt||2010-07-27||1|
|Men's -67.5 kg||Final Round||2012-09-02||1|
|Men's Up to 65.00 kg MD||Final||2014-04-07||1|
|Men's -72 kg||Final Round||2016-09-11||1|
|Men's Up to 65.00kg||Final||2017-12-08||2|