24 January 1989 |
Luquan, Hebei, China
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||108 kg (238 lb)|
|Coached by||Li Meisu|
She set a personal best throw of 19.46 metres in the qualifying round of the 2008 Olympics; this was the furthest mark for a female Chinese shot putter for over a decade. At the 2009 National Games of China, Gong further improved her personal best to 19.82 m, taking her to tenth place on the all-time Chinese shot putter's list.
She initially finished fourth in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, but was retroactively awarded the bronze medal after the winner, Nadzeya Ostapchuk, was disqualified for failing a drug test. On 20 August 2016, the IOC announced Yevgeniya Kolodko, the Russian silver medalist of women's shot put, failed anti-doping test. Gong therefore got the silver medal.
- Jalava, Mirko (2009-04-13). Gong Lijiao improves to 19.82m in Shot Put – Chinese outdoor season begins. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
- "IOC withdraws gold medal from shot put athlete Nadzeya Ostapchuk". Olympic News. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- "IOC sanctions Evgeniia Kolodko for failing anti-doping test at London 2012". Olympic News. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
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