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LE Van Cong
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Vietnam   
GenderMen
Age36
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Tam, son Tuan Anh, one daughter
Residence
Ho Chi Minh City, VIE
Languages
Vietnamese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2005 at the Sport and Cultural Centre of Tan Binh District in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Club / Team
Sport and Cultural Centre of Tan Binh District: Ho Chi Minh City, VIE
Name of coach
Nguyen Hong Phuc [national], VIE
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Vietnam
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 49kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nguyen Hong Phuc. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Vietnamese pistol shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He missed the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia due to a shoulder problem. He sustained the injury after falling down stairs at home. (baomoi.com, 29 Sep 2018; thethaoplus.vn, 05 Sep 2018)

He was unable to train between 2011 and 2013 due to injuries he sustained in a motorbike accident. (kenh14.vn, 22 Dec 2016)
Milestones
He became the first Vietnamese athlete from any sport to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games when he claimed victory in the 49kg category at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (kenh14.vn, 22 Dec 2016; paralympic.org, 2017)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age three. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He runs an electronics repair business from his home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (kenh14.vn, 22 Dec 2016)

SANCTION
On 25 July 2010 he was banned from international competitions for two years after giving a positive sample for the banned substance prednisone during the 2010 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (paralympic.org, 25 Oct 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2008 48kg  NoM
1 2016 49kg 181
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 48kg 165.0
2 2014 49kg 180.0
1 2017 49kg 181.0
4 2019 49kg 165.0
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 49kg 181