Chen Yanqing

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Chen Yanqing
Chen Yanqing.jpg
Chen in 2008
Personal information
Born (1979-04-05) April 5, 1979 (age 38)[1]
Suzhou, Jiangsu Province[1]
Height 158 cm (5 ft 2 in) (2004)[1]
Weight 58 kg (128 lb) (2004)[1]
Sport Weightlifting
Updated on 3 July 2014.

Chen Yanqing (simplified Chinese: 陈艳青; traditional Chinese: 陳艷青; pinyin: Chén Yànqīng; born April 5, 1979 in Suzhou, Jiangsu) is a Chinese weightlifter who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. She won the gold medal in the 58 kg class in both competitions,[2][3] making her the first woman to win gold medals in weightlifting in two consecutive Olympics.[4]

Chen won her first gold medal in 1995 at the Junior Asian Women Weightlifting Championship, and another at a 1998 world championship. She was slated to compete at the 2000 Summer Olympics but was scratched from the Chinese Olympic lineup for strategic reasons a short time before the games began.[3] She has also won the National Games and East Asia Games[5] and set the world record in her weight class in the snatch and lift in 2006.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Chen was born to a poor rural family who live in a small farming village called Xishan (西山) on an island near Suzhou, two hours west of Shanghai.[3] Her parents are both fruit growers.[4] In 1989 her parents sent her to a state athletic school after coach and former weightlifter Cao Xinmin discovered her at a sports match in Suzhou. Her parents have mixed emotions about her career in weightlifting,[3][5] but her earnings have helped raise her family's standard of living.[3]

After she was scratched from the 2000 Summer Olympics, she retired in 2001 to study business at Soochow University in Suzhou. She returned from retirement to compete in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Chen Yanqing". Chinese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Yangquin Chen Olympic medals and stats". 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Blumenstein, Rebecca (2008-08-09). "Lifting China: In Beijing's Pursuit of Olympic Gold, Weightlifter's Family Pays a Price". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ a b "China's sporting public still faces hurdles after Olympics". Xinhua. 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  5. ^ a b "'Ugly' Weightlifting Olympic Record Breaker". Nanjing Morning Post. All-China Women's Federation. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2008-09-22.