When you are the most decorated athlete from the most medalled country at a Paralympic Games, you know you are doing something right.
That is exactly what China’s Wenpang Huang achieved at Rio 2016, where he won five gold medals in the men’s S3 and SB2 events. He also reached new world records in the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 150m individual medley. That included lowering the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke world record in the heats and finals.
Huang, who has cerebral palsy and took up swimming in 2010, also left Brazil as the third most decorated athlete overall.
However Huang did not have it all his own way in Rio. Ukraine’s Dmytro Vynohradets prevented him from a clean sweep of golds by winning the 50m backstroke.
That was the first time the pair competed against each other at the highest level, and they will meet again at the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City from 30 September.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He died in a car accident in March 2018. (swimswam.com, 16 Mar 2018)
|Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts||Final Round||2016-09-09||1|
|Men's 50 m Backstroke S3||Heat 2||2016-09-10||3|
|Men's 50 m Backstroke S3||Final Round||2016-09-10||2|
|Men's 50 m Freestyle S3||Heat 2||2016-09-13||1|
|Men's 50 m Freestyle S3||Final Round||2016-09-13||1|
|Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2||Final Round||2016-09-14||1|
|Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2||Heat 2||2016-09-14||1|
|Men's 200 m Freestyle S3||Final Round||2016-09-15||1|
|Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3||Heat 2||2016-09-16||2|
|Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3||Final Round||2016-09-16||1|
|Men's 50 m Backstroke S3||Final 1||2017-12-03||3|
|Men's 200 m Freestyle S3||Final 1||2017-12-04||1|
|Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2||Final 1||2017-12-05||1|
|Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2||Heat 2||2017-12-05||2|
|Men's 50 m Freestyle S3||Final 1||2017-12-06||1|
|Men's 50 m Freestyle S3||Heat 2||2017-12-06||1|
|Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3||Heat 1||2017-12-07||1|
|Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts||Final 1||2017-12-07||1|
|Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3||Final 1||2017-12-07||1|