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Hsu Shu-ching (Chinese: 許淑淨; pinyin: Xǔ Shújìng; born 9 May 1991) is a Taiwanese weightlifter.

Hsu Shu-ching
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Personal information
Born (1991-05-09) 9 May 1991 (age 28)
Lunbei, Yunlin, Taiwan
Height159 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight52.5 kg (116 lb)
CountryRepublic of China (Taiwan)
Event(s)53 kg
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 101 kg (2014)
  • Clean and jerk: 132 kg (2014)
  • Total: 233 kg (2014, AGR, WR)

Early lifeEdit

Hsu, of Hakka descent, was born in Lunbei, Yunlin, Taiwan.[1][2] She played basketball in high school, switching to weightlifting at the age of 13, after the school disbanded its basketball team.[3] Hsu attends Kaohsiung Medical University.[4]

Weightlifting careerEdit

Hsu was coached by Tsai Wen-yee.[5] She won a gold medal in the women's 53 kg at the 2012 London Olympics, after the original gold medalist, Zulfiya Chinshanlo failed a doping retest.[6] At the 2014 Asian Games, she set a world record in the same event, with a lift of 233 kg.[7] Hsu won another gold medal in the women's 53 kg at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[8] Hsu announced her decision to retire from competition in June 2018, citing injuries sustained in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships.[9][10]

In March 2019, the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee disclosed that Hsu underwent a drug test prior to the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships.[11] Her sample tested positive for a banned substance in January 2018, and the CTOC subsequently placed Hsu under a three-year ban from competition.[12] Hsu's test result was not publicized until March 2019, after the World Anti-Doping Agency issued a deadline for the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee to release the information.[13]


  1. ^ "每天舉15噸 考試也第一".
  2. ^ "Hsu lifts Taiwan's first Rio gold medal". Taipei Times. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  3. ^ Leung, Christy (9 August 2016). "Olympics: Taiwan's Hsu Shu-ching delivers golden Father's Day gift". CNN. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. ^ Huang, Sunrise; Chen, Chao-fu; Wu, Lilian (23 September 2014). "Lin Tzu-chi comes a long way to taste gold". Central News Agency. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  5. ^ Liu, Yingfeng (August 2017). "Top Taiwan Athletes Prepare for the Games". Taiwan Panorama. Translated by Williams, Scott. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ Lin, Hung-han; Hou, Elaine (19 November 2016). "Taiwanese weightlifter promoted to 1st place in London Olympics". Taiwan News. Central News Agency. Archived from the original on 19 November 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Taiwan's Hsu Shu-ching claims gold". Taipei Times. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Taiwan's Shu-Ching Hsu wins her first Olympic gold in weightlifting". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. 27 August 2016.
  9. ^ Shan, Shelley (4 June 2018). "Weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching retiring from competition". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  10. ^ Salmonsen, Renée (3 June 2018). "Taiwanese gold medal weightlifter announces retirement on Facebook". Taiwan News. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  11. ^ Everington, Keoni (27 March 2019). "Taiwan weightlifter Hsu put on list of athletes banned for doping". Taiwan News. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  12. ^ Lung, Po-an; Kao, Evelyn (27 March 2019). "Taiwanese Olympic medalist Hsu Shu-ching on 3-year ban: CTOC". Central News Agency. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  13. ^ Shan, Shelley (28 March 2019). "Weightlifter apologizes, willing to take penalties". Taipei Times. Retrieved 28 March 2019.