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ZHAO Xu
Sport Para athletics
NPC China   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthYuxi, CHN
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46
Further Personal Information
Languages
Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2002.
Why this sport?
He realised he had potential after winning a 60m sprint organised by a rehabilitation centre for athletes with an impairment.
General Interest
Nicknames
The Flying Man Without Arms (sohu.com, 22 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the T46 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (chinadp.net.cn, 18 Oct 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do more ordinary things, and speak less pretty words." (thsz.net.cn, 05 Nov 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he was named an Elite Para Athlete of International Class by the China Administration of Sport for Persons with Disabilities [CASPD]. (yuxicl.org.cn, 29 Sep 2015)

In 2013 he received the May 4th Medal of Yuxi, People's Republic of China. (yuxinews.com, 20 Dec 2013)

He received a Sportsmanship Award at the 2010 National Para Games in the People's Republic of China. (yn.gov.cn, 30 Jul 2010)

He received Merit Citation Class One from the provincial government in Yunnan, People's Republic of China, in recognition of his performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (sayivfdoctor.com, 18 Dec 2012)

In 2003 he received a Merit Citation Class Three from the provincial government in Yunnan, People's Republic of China. (yuxicl.org.cn,16 Sep 2014)

He has received the May 4th Youth Medal and the National Labour Medal in the People's Republic of China. (yuxinews.com, 21 Dec 2012)
Impairment
He lost his arms at age nine after receiving an electric shock. (yuxicl.org.cn, 29 Sep 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
17 2008 200m T46 23.67
4 2008 100m T46 11.26
8 2012 200m T46  DSQ
2 2012 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 42.98
1 2012 100m T46 11.05
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2011 100m T46 11.23
6 2011 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 49.81
Semifinal 2013 200m T46 24.43
Semifinal 2013 100m T46 11.51