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CAO Ngoc Hung
Sport Para athletics
NPC Vietnam   
GenderMen
Age31
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F57
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Nguyen Thi Hai, one daughter, one son
Residence
Ho Chi Minh City, VIE
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Chef
Languages
Vietnamese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2003 at age 13 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Why this sport?
He liked sports.
General Interest
Hobbies
Cooking. (tuoitrenews.vn, 05 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Confident." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was Vietnam's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)
Milestones
He became the first athlete representing Vietnam to win a medal in athletics at the Paralympic Games, when he claimed bronze in the F57 javelin at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Jun 2017; thethao.vnexpress.net, 21 Oct 2016)
Famous relatives
His wife Nguyen Thi Hai represented Vietnam in athletics [discus and javelin] at the Paralympic Games in 2008 and 2012. (thethao.vnexpress.net, 21 Oct 2016; paralympic.org, 2017; vietnamnet.vn, 01 Mar 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 07 May 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold or silver at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (hcmcpv.org.vn, 23 Jan 2020; vietnamnet.vn, 01 Mar 2021)
Impairment
He has limited movement in his left leg as a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age two. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; irishtimes.com, 24 Jul 2012)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He and his wife, Vietnamese Para athlete Nguyen Thi Hai, run a restaurant. He works as a chef at the business. "Being a cook is so hard, many people worry about me, especially seeing that although one of my legs is weak I have to stand in the kitchen constantly. But I get used to it, I can still do it." (paralympic.org.vn, 13 Mar 2020; vietnamnet.vn, 01 Mar 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2012 Discus Throw F57-58  NoM
4 2012 Javelin Throw F57/58 46.51
3 2016 Javelin Throw F57 43.27
6 2021 Javelin Throw F57 43.91
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015 Javelin Throw F57 36.75
13 2015 Discus Throw F57 38.51
7 2017 Javelin Throw F57 37.26
5 2017 Discus Throw F57 41.07
4 2019 Javelin Throw F57 41.71
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Javelin Throw F57 39.87
6 2014 Discus Throw F57 36.03
6 2018 Discus Throw F57 38.92
5 2018 Javelin Throw F56/57 41.20