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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Heze, CHN
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Sport Studies - Beijing Sport University: China

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 2003 in Shandong Province, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
She initially played Para badminton but took up powerlifting when her partner switched to the sport and she did not have anyone to play badminton with. She also wanted to increase her strength and win honour for her country.
Club / Team
Shandong Province: China
Name of coach
Sun Yafei, CHN, from 2016

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
China

General interest

Nicknames
Powerful Beauty (sdwfh.org.cn, 19 Nov 2010)
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 40kg category at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Injuries
She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2006 and was suffering from the condition when she won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. She also had a relapse a month before the 2012 Paralympic Games. (mxrb.cn, 01 Sep 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She tries to smile during competitions after a coach told her it would help her relax. (cdpf.org.cn, 22 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Persistence in pursuing your dreams makes things better." (sdwfh.org.cn, 19 Nov 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2008, 2011 and 2012 she received a Merit Citation Class One from the people's government of Shandong in the People's Republic of China. (zgsc.china.com.cn, 11 Jun 2017)

She was named an Advanced Athlete by the sport administration of Shandong in the People's Republic of China in four consecutive years from 2004 to 2007. (zgsc.china.com.cn, 11 Jun 2017)

In 2003 she received a Merit Citation Class Two from the people's government of Heze in the People's Republic of China. (zgsc.china.com.cn, 11 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (news.iqilu.com, 04 Jan 2018)
Impairment
The impairment to her legs is a result of the effects of polio. She contracted the illness at age two. (zgsc.china.com.cn, 11 Jun 2017)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
She grew up relying on the strength of her arms and discovered at an early age that she had a more powerful upper body than many of her peers. Her decision to become an elite powerlifter was initially opposed by her parents, who wanted their daughter to further her studies at university and then find a stable job. However, they relented after she proved that she was determined to become an athlete. (sdwfh.org.cn, 19 Nov 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 9999
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 2012-08-30 2
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 41.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-05 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -41 kg Final Round 2016-09-08 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 41.00kg Final 2017-12-03 1