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Pengkai Zhu

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F12, T12

Further personal information

Residence
Beijing, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Massage Therapy - Beijing Union University: China

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2003.
Why this sport?
He trained in the javelin at a young age and continued to pursue the discipline after he lost his sight. He used his training sessions to help deal with the frustration of no longer being able to see and his talent was discovered, which led to him becoming involved in Para athletics.
Club / Team
Beijing: China

General interest

Nicknames
Iron Man Kai, Iron Man A-Kai (ie.bjd.com.cn, 01 Sep 2019; bdpf.org.cn, 16 Feb 2013)
Hobbies
Listening to audio books. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the men's F11/12 javelin at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Apr 2021; Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Han Song. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang. (Athlete, 26 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He was unable to train for two weeks due to an ear infection in August 2019. (kknews.cc, 27 Sep 2019)

He has sustained a number of injuries to his fingers during his career. (bdpf.org.cn, 16 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Win honour for my country." (Athlete, 26 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he was named an Elite Para Athlete of International Class by the China Administration of Sport for Persons with Disabilities [CASPD]. (cpc2008.org.cn, 15 Nov 2014)

He took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. His leg of the relay was in Beijing, People's Republic of China. (china.com.cn, 06 Sep 2008)

He received a Sportsmanship Award at the 2004 National Para Games in the People's Republic of China. (dbw.cn, 05 Sep 2008)

He has received the May 4th Youth Medal and the May 1st Labour Medal in the People's Republic of China. (sohu.com, 20 Sep 2008)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of the effects of keratopathy, which he was diagnosed with at age 15. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; kknews.cc, 27 Sep 2019; bdpf.org.cn, 18 Feb 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F12 Final Round 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F11/12 Final Round 1
Men's Pentathlon P12 Final Round 9999
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Heat 2 2011-01-24 2
Men's Pentathlon P11-13 Final 2011-01-25 6
Men's Javelin F12/13 Final 2011-01-29 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F12/13 Final Round 2012-09-05 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F12/13 Final 1 2013-07-26 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F13 Final 1 2015-10-26 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F13 Final Round 2016-09-14 6