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Wai Lok Tang

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Hong Kong, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Cantonese, Mandarin

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in Hong Kong, China.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to start swimming as she thought it would make him stronger. He did not expect to perform well, but once he took up the sport he kept on improving.
Club / Team
Hong Kong Sport Institute [HKSI]: Hong Kong, CHN
Name of coach
Leung Shuk Ying; Chan Ching Man

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Hong Kong, China

General interest

Hobbies
Playing electronic games. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the men's S14 200m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps; Hong Kong swimmers Stephanie Au, Yvette Man-Yi Kong, and Sze Hang Yu; Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow. (Athlete, 15 Apr 2013, 25 Mar 2018, 26 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 15 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the Hong Kong Sports Stars Award. (hksapid.org.hk, 22 Mar 2017)

He was named the Best Male Athlete at the 2015 International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability [INAS] Awards in Sheffield, England. (paralympic.org, 13 Apr 2015)

In 2014 he was named Hong Kong Outstanding Youth Athlete at the Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards ceremony. (sportsroad.hk, 14 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (news.mingpao.com, 06 Nov 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 2012-08-31 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2012-08-31 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2012-09-02 6
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 3 2012-09-02 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 2012-09-06 8
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2013-08-12 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 3 2013-08-12 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final 1 2013-08-14 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2013-08-14 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 2 2013-08-18 11
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2015-07-15 10
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 3 2015-07-17 21
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2015-07-19 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 2016-09-08 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2016-09-08 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 3 2016-09-11 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2016-09-11 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 1 2016-09-17 5