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Xiaotong Zhang

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training seriously in 2013 in Shenyang, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
She was selected by the provincial Para swimming team because of her physique.
Club / Team
Liaoning Province: China

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
China

General interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Li Jianhui. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Chinese swimmer Ning Zetao. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My dark eyes were given by the dark night, but with them I seek the shining light." [Gu Cheng] (news.qq.com, 05 Dec 2016)
Awards and honours
She received the National May 1st Labour Medal from the All-China Federation of Trade Unions [ACFTU] in recognition of her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; news.163.com, 21 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sport.gov.cn, 31 Oct 2019)
Impairment
Her vision impairment is the result of a congenital condition. (help.3g.163.com, 22 Nov 2016)
Other information
EARLY STRUGGLES
She considered leaving the sport soon after she started because she was scared of diving into the water. "My vision meant I was afraid of the height of diving at the beginning. My legs were shaking when I had to dive from the podium. I just wanted to cry and quit." (news.qq.com, 05 Dec 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2016-09-13 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final 1 2017-12-06 1