Yanping Yuan (blue) of China with Alimova Khayitjon of Uzbekistan during the Women +70 kg Judo Gold Medal match on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Yuan Yanping extended her unbeaten streak at the Paralympics by winning her third gold medal in as many Games at Rio 2016 in the over 70kg class.

She even made her achievement in Rio look effortless as she beat Turkey’s European champion Mesme Tasbag, home favourite Deanne Silva de Almeida and Uzbekistan’s Khaytjon Alimova all by ippon on her way to Paralympic gold.

“I would like to think I am invincible, but I am not,” said Yanping, who won the world and Asian Games title in 2014.

“Prior to every competition, I always study my rivals and how their judo style is. I am constantly reminding myself that every competitor has their unique strength so I need to remain focused and face each combat as a new tough challenge.”

Her road to Rio was not exempt from issues as she had to recover from an old injury, but the Chinese star proved to be up to the task once more.

Yanping’s first major title was on home soil at Beijing 2008, and followed that up with another gold at London 2012. Two years later, Yanping won the IBSA Judo World Championships in Colorado Springs, USA.


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's +70 kg Quarterfinal 301
Women's +70 kg Semifinal 201
Women's +70 kg Final 101
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's +70 kg Quarterfinal 2012-09-01 301
Women's +70 kg Semifinal 2012-09-01 201
Women's +70 kg Final 2012-09-01 101
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's +70 kg Quarterfinal 2016-09-10 4
Women's +70 kg Semifinal 2016-09-10 2
Women's +70 kg Final 2016-09-10 1