Gong Lijiao (simplified Chinese: 巩立姣; traditional Chinese: 鞏立姣; pinyin: Gǒng Lìjiāo; born 24 January 1989) is a Chinese Olympic shot putter.

Gong Lijiao
Gong Lijiao, Bislet Games 2011.2.jpg
Personal information
NationalityChinese
Born (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 32)
Luquan, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight108 kg (238 lb)
Sport
CountryChina China
SportAthletics
Event(s)Shot put
Coached byLi Meisu

CareerEdit

She finished seventh at the 2007 World Championships, her international debut. At the 2008 Summer Olympics 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 London 2012 Summer Olympics, but was retroactively awarded the bronze medal after the winner, Nadzeya Astapchuk, 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]

In 2021, she won the gold medal in women's shot put at the 2020 Summer Olympics In Tokyo with her personal best of 20.58 m,[7] thereby becoming the first Chinese athlete to be crowned the Olympic champion in any field event and the first Asian to win an Olympic gold medal in women's shot put.[8]

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. ^ "Archived copy". berlin.iaaf.org. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". www.tilastopaja.org. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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.
  7. ^ May, Tiffany; Chen, Elsie (5 August 2021). "A Chinese gold medalist was asked about her "masculine" appearance, prompting outrage". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 5 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Athletics - Final Results". Tokyo Olympics Official Website. 1 August 2021.