Yujiao Tan4 October 1990 China
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Gold: women's up to 67kg
- 2015 IPC Powerlifting European Open Championships – Gold: women’s up to 67kg; 2015 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships – Gold: women’s up to 67kg
- 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships – Gold: women’s up to 67kg
- 2013 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships – Gold: women’s up to 67kg
- London 2012 Paralympic Games – Silver: women’s up to 67.5kg
Tan burst onto the biggest stage in the world at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, winning silver in her first appearance at the age of 22.
The Chinese athlete began powerlifting when she was just 12-years-old and has grown into one of the most revered lifters on the circuit.
In the year before London 2012, her competitors got a taste of what was to come, as Tan set a new world record in the then women’s up to 67.5kg.
Less than a year later she was climbing onto the podium in London.
Tan clearly liked the experience and went one better at the 2014 World Championships, winning the world title at her first edition.
In 2015, she was in record breaking form again. At the European Open in Eger, Hungary, Tan added 1kg onto her own mark from the 2014 Incheon Asia Para Games.
At Rio 2016 she reached her dream of winning a Paralympic title. With two good lifts and the title secured, Tan then decided to go for the world record. She did not quite manage the 138.5kg mark on the first try but came back and successfully reached it with a fourth round haul.
Can anyone stop Tan? Fans will be able to find out at the Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships.