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Van Cong Le



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power

Further personal information

Wife Tam, son Tuan Anh, one daughter
Ho Chi Minh City, VIE
Athlete, Electronics Technician, Farmer

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para powerlifting in 2005 at the Sport and Cultural Centre of Tan Binh District in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Club / Team
National Sports Training Centre: Ho Chi Minh City, VIE

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 49kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nguyen Hong Phuc. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Vietnamese pistol shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
He missed the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia due to a shoulder problem. He sustained the injury after falling down stairs at home. (, 29 Sep 2018;, 05 Sep 2018)

He was unable to train between 2011 and 2013 due to injuries he sustained in a motorbike accident. (, 22 Dec 2016)
He became the first Vietnamese athlete from any sport to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when he won gold in the 49kg category at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 22 Dec 2016;, 2017)
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age three. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Other information
In October 2019 he auctioned the gold medal he won in the 49kg category at the 2016 World Cup event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to help his neighbour's granddaughter who was suffering from liver cancer. The medal was eventually sold for 125 million Vietnamese dong. "The medal is just a symbol, I was afraid no one will buy it so I didn't put a starting price. It is a medal of great value to me, both physically and mentally. I went through a difficult training regime to win it." (, 11 Aug 2020;, 04 Jan 2020;, 12 Nov 2019;, 02 Nov 2019)

He runs an electronics repair business from his home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and co-owns a corn farm in Cu Chi district. He has also worked in real estate. (, 11 Aug 2020;, 11 Aug 2020;, 22 Dec 2016)

On 25 July 2010 he was banned from international competitions for two years after giving a positive sample for the banned substance prednisone during the 2010 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (, 25 Oct 2010)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -48 kg Final Round 9999
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 48.00kg Final 2010-07-25 9999
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 49.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-05 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -49 kg Final Round 2016-09-08 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 49.00kg Final 2017-12-04 1
Men's Up to 49.00kg Record Attempts 2017-12-04 1