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ZOU Lihong
Sport Para athletics
NPC China   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthDali, CHN
Height1.62 m
Weight 53 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dali, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2008 in Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
Club / Team
Shanghai: China
Name of coach
Huang Peng [club, national], CHN
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
China
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
London, ENG
General Interest
Hobbies
Music. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T54 marathon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Huang Peng. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Chinese artistic gymnast Li Xiaopeng, Chinese tennis player Li Na, US wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden. (Athlete, 26 Oct 2015; wap.xinmin.cn, 13 Nov 2016; Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Injuries
She had a shoulder injury after the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (news.cnr.cn, 15 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Tenaciously strive to succeed, and achieve continuous self-improvement." (Athlete, 26 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for the People's Republic of China at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (tv.cctv.com, 07 Oct 2018)

In 2016 she received the May 4th Youth Medal, the May 1st Labour Medal and the March 8th Red Banner Pace-Setter award in the People's Republic of China. (sohu.com, 06 Oct 2018)

During her career she has received a Merit Citation Class One in the People's Republic of China. (shanghai.gov.cn, 19 Oct 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sohu.com, 15 Apr 2019)
Impairment
Her impairment is the result of polio. She contracted the illness as a child. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLAN
She plans to retire after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (news.cnr.cn, 15 Apr 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 5000m T54  DNF
4 2012 400m T54 56.57
3 2012 800m T54 1:50.31
5 2012 1500m T54 3:37.91
3 2016 400m T54 54.70
5 2016 5000m T54 11:55.10
1 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:32.11
6 2016 800m T54 1:46.18
1 2016 Marathon T54 1:38:44
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 800m T54 1:51.13
2 2015 400m T54 55.73
1 2015 5000m T54 12:10.62
1 2015 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:43.54
8 2017 1500m T54 3:26.09
2 2017 400m T54 54.53
5 2017 800m T54 1:50.58
4 2017 5000m T54 12:34.38
4 2017 100m T54 16.77
4 2019 100m T54 16.76
1 2019 800m T54 1:48.26
1 2019 1500m T54 3:34.09
1 2019 400m T54 53.28
1 2019 5000m T54 12:12.73
2 2019 Universal Relay 47.40
Marathon World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 Marathon T54 1:52:10
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 800m T54 1:55.35
1 2018 1500m T53/54 3:43.83
1 2018 400m T54 56.94
1 2018 Universal Relay 47.89