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Thi Linh Phuong Dang

Powerlifting
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Ho Chi Minh City, VIE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Vietnamese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para powerlifting in 2011 at the Sport and Cultural Centre of Tan Binh District in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Why this sport?
A work colleague encouraged her to take up Para powerlifting. She decided to pursue the sport after winning a gold medal at the 2011 Vietnamese National Para Games. "That first gold medal was a driving force for me to follow this sport."

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Vietnam

General interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Nguyen Hong Phuc. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Vietnamese Para powerlifter Le Van Cong. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named an Excellent Para Athlete at the 2019 Vietnam Sports Glory awards in Hanoi, Vietnam. (thethao.sggp.org.vn, 27 Mar 2019)

She received a sporting achievement award at the 2015 National Para Sport Awards in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (parasport.vn, 2015)
Milestones
She became the first female athlete representing Vietnam to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when she claimed bronze in the 50kg category at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Jun 2019; myinfo.rio2016.com, 13 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2021 ASEAN Para Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. (vietnamnet.vn, 19 Mar 2021)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
She had planned to retire after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, before the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now aims to compete at the December 2021 ASEAN Para Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. She had left her job at a nail salon to focus on the 2020 ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines, which was cancelled, and plans to open her own salon after retiring from the sport. "For the past two years [speaking in 2021], I was focused on the ASEAN Para Games. But then the event was cancelled. I quit my job as a nail technician to focus on weightlifting. I couldn't spend all my time in the nail salon. I decided that weightlifting was my main job to earn a living until I couldn't continue to compete any more. When the pandemic came, tournaments abroad were postponed and I couldn't compete for a whole year. So I am more determined and waiting for the 2021 Para Games in Vietnam." (vietnamnet.vn, 19 Mar 2021; baotintuc.vn, 08 Oct 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 50.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-07 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -50 kg Final Round 2016-09-10 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 50.00kg Final 2017-12-05 2