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Wenjun Liu of China celebrates after winning the women's 100m - T54 final on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Wenjun Liu

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Liu is a three-time Paralympian who enjoyed her most successful Games in 2016 in Rio, winning two gold medals and a silver.

She opened her campaign in Rio by winning the 100m T54 (16.00), retaining the title she had first won at London 2012. She also took gold as part of the Chinese 4x400m relay T53-54 team that smashed the world record with a time of 3:32.11.

Over 800m she broke the Asian record in both the semi-finals and final, but her time of 1:45.02 in the final was only good enough to win silver behind the USA’s Tatyana McFadden.

At her first Paralympics in 2008 in Beijing she won 100m T54 (16.20) silver and 4x100m relay T53-54 (57.61) gold.

Four years later in London, her only medal was gold in the 100m.

The T54 racer has also competed in four World Championships; the first was in 2006 and she has won seven medals, including four world titles.

At the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea, she won gold in the 100m, 400m and 800m T54 events, as well as silver in the 1,500m T54.

Liu took up Para athletics in 2005 and made her international debut a year later. She lost her right leg after being involved in a car accident at age two.

In 2008 she received the Labour Medal and during her career she has received the May 4th Youth Medal.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Wuhan, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Finance: Wuhan, CHN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2005 in Huangshi, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
She was curious about the sport.
Club / Team
Hubei Province: China
Name of coach
Huang Peng [national], CHN

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
China
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED

General interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Huang Peng. (Athlete, 26 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Chinese tennis player Li Na. (Athlete, 26 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she was selected as a Top 10 Athlete by the General Administration of Sport of Hubei in the People's Republic of China. (yinhang123.net, 29 Dec 2016)

In 2008 she received the Labour Medal in the People's Republic of China. (sohu.com, 11 Nov 2008)

During her career she has received the May 4th Youth Medal in the People's Republic of China. (sohu.com, 11 Nov 2008)
Impairment
She lost her right leg after she was involved in a car accident at age two. (hb.ifeng.com, 11 Sep 2016; Athlete, 26 Oct 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 5
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 9999
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 6
Women's 4x100 m T53/54 Final Round 1
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 7
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 1
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5000 m T53/54 Final 2011-01-22 8
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-22 1
Women's 100 m T54 Final 2011-01-23 2
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-24 2
Women's 800 m T54 Final 2011-01-25 2
Women's 1500 m T53/54 Heat 2 2011-01-26 5
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 2011-01-27 1
Women's 1500 m T53/54 Final 2011-01-28 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 1 2012-08-31 2
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-04 2
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-05 6
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-24 1
Women's 1500 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-24 10
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-25 8
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-25 9999
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-23 1
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-24 1
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-25 4
Women's 800 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-26 2
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-27 1
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-27 1
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 1 2015-10-31 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-08 1
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-11 2
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-11 4
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-15 1
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-17 2
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-17 2