Gong Lijiao

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Gong Lijiao
Gong Lijiao, Bislet Games 2011.JPG
Personal information
Nationality Chinese
Born (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 28)
Luquan, Hebei, China
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 108 kg (238 lb)
Country  China
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Shot put
Coached by Li Meisu

Gong Lijiao (Chinese: 巩立姣; born 24 January 1989) is a female Chinese shot putter.


She finished seventh at the 2007 World Championships, her international debut. At the 2008 Olympic Games she finished fifth.

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.[1]

She won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin with a personal best of 19.89 metres.[2]

She won the gold medal at the 2009 National Games of China in Jinan with a personal best of 20.35 metres.[3]

She won the gold medal at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships in Guangzhou with a personal best of 19.04 metres.

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.[4] 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.[5]


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