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    Yujiao Tan

    Ones to watch
    People's Republic of China People's Republic of China Para powerlifting 4 October 1990


    female powerlifter Yujiao Tan holds up her gold medal and a bunch of flowers


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Leg length difference
    Origin of Impairment Acquired
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Hangzhou, CHN
    Languages English, Mandarin
    Higher education Sport Studies - Beijing Sport University: China
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? In June 2003 she began training with the Para powerlifting team in Xiangtan, People's Republic of China.
    Why this sport? A coach from the Xiangtan Sports School recommended the sport to her. "I didn't know what Para powerlifting was, but I wanted to try."
    Club / Team Zhejiang Province: China
    Name of coach Li Weipu [national]
    International Debut
    Year 2009
    Competing for China
    Location India
    General Interest
    Hobbies Photography. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 67kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
    Most influential person in career Coach Li Weipu. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
    Hero / Idol Egyptian Para powerlifter Fatma Omar. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
    Injuries She was affected by a shoulder injury at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. (paralympic.org, 18 Jul 2019)

    She sustained an elbow injury while competing at the 2015 National Games in Sichuan, People's Republic of China. (paralympic.org, 19 Jul 2015)

    She strained her left shoulder during training in June 2012. She recovered in time to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (people.cctv.com, 14 Dec 2018; wemedia.ifeng.com, 28 Nov 2018; xinhuanet.com, 03 May 2018; chinadp.net.cn, 04 Sep 2012)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "No matter how difficult it is, I will work hard to go on." (hnss.wenming.cn, 18 Nov 2016)
    Awards and honours In 2018 she was named an Elite Para Athlete of International Class by the China Administration of Sport for Persons with Disabilities. (caspd.org.cn, 22 Jun 2018)

    In 2016 she received the National May 1st Labour Medal from the All China Federation of Trade Unions [ACFTU]. (news.163.com, 21 Sep 2016)

    She was named the 2014 Athlete of Year in Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. (hangzhou.com.cn, 02 Mar 2015)
    Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (xinhuanet.com, 03 May 2018)
    Impairment At age seven she was diagnosed with osteomyelitis in her right foot and required surgery. Some time after the operation she broke her foot, which led to underdevelopment in her right leg. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019; zj.zjol.com.cn, 29 Apr 2019; taizhou.com.cn, 17 Nov 2013)

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