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Gong Lijiao (Chinese: 巩立姣; born 24 January 1989) is a female Chinese shot putter.

Gong Lijiao
Gong Lijiao, Bislet Games 2011.JPG
Personal information
NationalityChinese
Born (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 30)
Luquan, Hebei, China
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight108 kg (238 lb)
Sport
CountryChina
SportAthletics
Event(s)Shot put
Coached byLi Meisu

CareerEdit

She finished seventh at the 2007 World Championships, her international debut. At the 2008 Olympic Games she finished fifth but received the bronze medal later after two competitors were stripped of their medals because of doping violations.

She set a personal best throw of 19.46 metres in the qualifying round of the 2008 Olympics; this was the furthest mark for a female Chinese shot putter for over a decade. At the 2009 National Games of China, Gong further improved her personal best to 19.82 m, taking her to tenth place on the all-time Chinese shot putter's list.[1]

She won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin with a personal best of 19.89 metres.[2]

She won the gold medal at the 2009 National Games of China in Jinan with a personal best of 20.35 metres.[3]

She won the gold medal at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships in Guangzhou with a personal best of 19.04 metres.

She initially finished fourth in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, but was retroactively awarded the bronze medal after the winner, Nadzeya Ostapchuk, was disqualified for failing a drug test.[4] On 20 August 2016, the IOC announced Yevgeniya Kolodko, the Russian silver medalist of women's shot put, failed anti-doping test. Gong therefore got the silver medal.[5]

In 2018 Gong won Gold Medal on Women's Shot Put during the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia .[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jalava, Mirko (13 April 2009). "Gong Lijiao improves to 19.82m in Shot Put – Chinese outdoor season begins". IAAF. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120815110958/http://berlin.iaaf.org/results/racedate=08-16-2009/sex=W/discCode=SP/combCode=hash/roundCode=f/results.html#detW_SP_hash_f
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120225051203/http://www.tilastopaja.org/staticresults/12790226.htm
  4. ^ "IOC withdraws gold medal from shot put athlete Nadzeya Ostapchuk". Olympic News. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  5. ^ "IOC sanctions Evgeniia Kolodko for failing anti-doping test at London 2012". Olympic News. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Gong Lijiao wins women's shot put final at Asian Games". Xinhua. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2019.