Chinese athletes dominate Para Athletics World Championships, breaking Asian records

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Picture source: Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoyu

23rd May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Chinese athletes showcased their exceptional skills and determination at the Para Athletics World Championships, securing six gold medals and setting two Asian records. The Universiade Memorial Stadium witnessed triple one-two victories for China’s para runners, solidifying their dominance on the tracks.

In the men’s 100m finals, Deng Peicheng of the T36 class clinched the gold medal with an impressive time of 11.95 seconds, closely followed by his teammate Yang Yifei. Meanwhile, Di Dongdong triumphed in the T11 category of the men’s 100m finals, crossing the finish line in 11.28 seconds, earning the gold medal, while Ye Tao secured the silver.

Chinese wheelchair racer Zhou Hongzhuan emerged victorious in the women’s 400m T53 final, setting a championship-record time of 54.57 seconds. Gao Fang, Zhou’s teammate, demonstrated her remarkable talent by finishing second in the same event with a time of 55.78 seconds.

The Chinese athletes continued their winning streak, claiming gold medals in the women’s 400m T54, women’s shot put F64, and women’s shot put F35 events. Yao Juan, the champion in the women’s shot put F64 category, expressed her intention to continue competing if conditions permit, with the possibility of participating in her seventh Paralympic Games at Paris 2024.

Chinese female athletes also made their mark by setting two Asian records. Wu Qing secured the silver medal in the shot put F33 final with a remarkable throw of 7.54m, while Shi Yiting impressed in the 200m T36 final, finishing second with a time of 28.06 seconds.

China currently leads the medal tally with an impressive count of 24 golds, 22 silvers, and 18 bronzes. As the tournament serves as a qualifier for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, the outstanding performances by Chinese athletes have solidified their positions and raised expectations for future competitions.

The Para Athletics World Championships, being hosted in East Asia for the first time, has attracted over 1,000 athletes from 100 countries and regions, competing in 168 events. With 73 Chinese para-athletes participating, the championships, originally scheduled for 2021 but postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue until May 25.