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Chian's Liwan Yang competes in the women's discus F55 final during the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Liwan Yang

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China’s Yang Liwan has been a force to be reckoned with in the F54 throwing events since she climbed to the top of the podium at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

After making her Paralympic debut on home soil at Beijing 2008 where she finished out of the medals, Yang rose to the top in 2012, winning gold in both the shot put F54-56 (7.50m) and javelin F54/55/56 (17.89m) and setting new world records in both events.

At Rio 2016, Yang was favourite for shot put F54 gold, having reclaimed the world record five months earlier (Russia’s Mariia Bogacheva threw 7.83m in 2014) with a massive 7.90m at the Beijing Grand Prix.

She duly delivered, setting a new Paralympic record of 7.89m – just one centimetre shy of her best. However, she only managed to finish fourth in the javelin and fifth in the discus.

London 2017 was Yang’s most successful World Championships to date.

After winning two silver medals at Lyon 2013, then shot put F54 gold and javelin F54 silver at Doha 2015, she struck double gold at London 2017.

In the javelin F54, Yang threw a season’s best of 17.79m to get the better of Tunisia’s defending champion Hania Aidi, while in the shot put F54 she managed 7.43m – more than 60cm clear of her rivals.

She won a hat trick of titles at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54

Further personal information

Residence
Quanzhou, CHN
Languages
Mandarin

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1991 in Fujian province, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
She enjoyed sport, and was encouraged by the local federation for people with impairments.
Club / Team
Fujian Province: China

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
China
Location
Brazil

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold and breaking two world records at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Chinese volleyball coach Lang Ping. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard work can lead to success." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she was named a March 8th flag bearer of Quanzhou, People's Republic of China. (qzwomen.com, 27 Oct 2016)

In 2014 she was named a National Model of Self-Improvement in People's Republic of China. (tyj.fjqz.gov.cn, 20 Aug 2016)

In 2014 she was named an Elite Athlete by the Chinese Disabled Athletes Federation. (jkfj.cn, 04 Jun 2014)

She received Merit Citation Class One from the provincial government in Fujian, People's Republic of China, in recognition of her performance at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (fj.xinhuanet.com, 21 May 2015)

In 2012 she received the May 1st Medal, May 4th Medal and Red Flag Banner award from the provincial government in Fujian, People's Republic of China. (ptxxg.cn, 28 Sep 2012)
Other sports
Before her accident she played volleyball at provincial level in People's Republic of China. (ssrb.com.cn, 15 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 09 May 2018)
Impairment
She has paraplegia after being struck by a falling object while training in 1996. (tyj.fjqz.gov.cn, 20 Aug 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54-56 Final Round 7
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-01 1
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-05 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54 Final 1 2013-07-22 2
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-25 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F54 Final 1 2015-10-23 2
Women's Shot Put F54 Final 1 2015-10-25 1
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final 1 2015-10-28 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54 Final Round 2016-09-10 1
Women's Javelin F54 Final Round 2016-09-13 4
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final Round 2016-09-17 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F54 Final 1 2017-07-16 1
Women's Shot Put F54 Final 1 2017-07-18 1
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final 1 2017-07-21 5