Li Ling (pole vaulter)

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Li Ling
Personal information
Born (1989-07-06) July 6, 1989 (age 27)
Puyang, Henan
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Country  China
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole Vault
Updated on 6 August 2012.

Li Ling (Chinese: 李玲; pinyin: Lǐ Líng; born 6 July 1989 in Puyang, Henan) is a female Chinese athlete, who specialises in the pole vault.

She competed at the 2006 World Junior Championships, but no-heighted in the final. She achieved indoor and outdoor personal bests in 2008, clearing 4.45 metres indoors in Beijing in February and repeating the feat outdoors two months later in Hangzhou.

She represented her country at the 2008 Summer Olympics but her mark of 4.15 m in the qualifying round was not enough to progress to the final. She fared better at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, but her season's best mark of 4.40 m was ten centimetres off making the final competition.

She matched her personal best to take the gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games. The vault was one centimetre off Zhang Yingning's Asian record in the event.[1]

On September 8, 2013 she achieved a new Asian record at the Chinese National Games in Shenyang, China with 4.65 m.[2]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  China
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 1st (q) 4.00 m[3]
2007 Asian Championships Amman, Jordan NM
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 27th (q) 4.15 m
2009 Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 6th 4.30 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 18th (q) 4.40 m
Asian Indoor Games Hanoi, Vietnam 1st 4.45 m
East Asian Games Hong Kong 2nd 4.05 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 16th (q) 4.20 m
Asian Games Guangzhou, China 2nd 4.30 m
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 2nd 4.30 m
Universiade Shenzhen, China NM
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 29th (q) 4.25 m
2012 Asian Indoor Championships Hangzhou, China 1st 4.50 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 30th (q) 4.25 m
2013 Asian Championships Pune, India 1st 4.54 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 11th 4.45 m
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 1st 4.35 m
2015 Asian Championships Wuhan, China 1st 4.66 m
Universiade Gwangju, South Korea 1st 4.45 m
World Championships Beijing, China 9th 4.60 m
2016 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 4.70 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 16th (q) 4.55 m

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best (m) Venue Date
Pole vault (outdoor) 4.66 (AR) Wuhan, China 6 June 2015
Pole vault (indoor) 4.70 (AR) Doha, Qatar 19 February 2016
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2009-10-31). Li Ling's vault victory and Huong's 60m triumph highlight opening day of Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-01.
  2. ^ Mirko Jalava (8 September 2013). "Chinese National Games begin with Asian pole vault record". IAAF. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  3. ^ No mark in the final

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