Lei Sheng

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Lei Sheng
Lei Sheng 2013 Fencing WCH FMS-EQ t111727.jpg
Personal information
Country represented China
Born (1984-03-07) 7 March 1984 (age 33)
Weapon(s) foil
Hand left-handed
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
National coach(es) Wang Haibin
FIE Ranking current ranking

Lei Sheng (Chinese 雷声 (Léi Shēng), born 7 March 1984) is a Chinese foil fencer, Olympic champion at the 2012 Summer Olympics and twice team world champion at the 2010 and 2011 World Fencing Championships.

Career[edit]

Lei took up fencing because he liked Zorro.[1] His results as a junior were unremarkable. The 2005–06 season saw his breakthrough: he climbed his first World Cup podium with a silver medal at La Coruña, followed by a victory at Espinho and a bronze medal at the Torino World Championships. He finished the season 5th in world rankings. In the following season he won the Bonn World Cup, the St Petersburg Grand Prix and the Montreal World Cup, along with a bronze medal in Venice. He placed third again in the World Championships after losing in the semifinals to Italy's Andrea Baldini.

He competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was defeated in the quarter-finals by eventual gold medallist Benjamin Kleibrink.[2] At the 2012 London Olympics, he won the gold medal in men's individual foil after defeating Egypt's Alaaeldin Abouelkassem with a score of 15-13.[3]

Along with 2013 world champion Miles Chamley-Watson of the United States, Lei was named “athlete role model” for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.[1] He was also chosen to bear the Chinese flag at the 2014 Asian Games[4] and the 2016 Summer Olympics.[5]

References[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Yi Jianlian
Flagbearer for  China
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent