Liu Chunhua

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Liu Chunhua
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  China
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Guangzhou Javelin throw
Gold medal – first place 2011 Kobe Javelin throw

Liu Chunhua (born 1 October 1986) is a Chinese javelin thrower. She is a two-time Asian Champion in the event and won gold medals at the National Games of China and East Asian Games in 2009. Her personal best is a throw of 60.65 metres.


Liu began competing in the event as a teenager and in 2003 she threw a best of 58.03 metres. Representing Hunan Province, she was seventh at the 2005 National Games of China. Liu came sixth at the Chinese World Trials in 2007. Although the following year's Chinese championships were held after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she established herself at a national level by taking the Chinese javelin title in a personal best 59.04 m, finally improving upon her best mark she had set as a sixteen-year-old.[1]

Liu missed the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, but she had a rapid ascent at the regional level that year. She won the national title for a second time and improved her best to 59.55 m on the Chinese Grand Prix circuit.[2][3] In October she won the javelin at the 2009 National Games of China with another best of 60.65 m.[4] The 2009 Asian Athletics Championships held the next month in Guangzhou brought her another gold medal as she and Li Lingwei took the top two spots for the host nation.[5] Liu threw beyond the 60-metre mark again at December's 2009 East Asian Games to win her third gold on home soil in 2009, while it was Zhang Li who completed the Chinese 1–2 medal sweep on that occasion.[6]

Following a low-key 2010, when she was sixth nationally and had a year's best of 58.49 m,[2] she returned to form in the 2011 outdoor season. Liu equalled her personal best exactly at a Chinese Grand Prix meet in April and continued her regional dominance at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships, where she won a second consecutive javelin title.[7][8]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2009 Asian Championships Guangzhou, China 1st 57.93 m
East Asian Games Hong Kong, China 1st 60.05 m
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 1st 58.05 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 20th (q) 57.52 m

National titles[edit]


  1. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2008-10-13). Juniors and double winners excel in China, Chinese Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  2. ^ a b Liu Chunhua. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  3. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-05-23). Gong Lijiao and Zhang Wenxiu in form - Chinese women’s championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  4. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-10-24). 16-year-old wins women’s long jump in Jinan – National Games of China, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  5. ^ Taking centre stage, Liu Xiang beats the rain to take Asian title – Asian champs, day 3. IAAF (2009-11-13). Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  6. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2009-12-13). East Asian Games conclude. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  7. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2011-04-25). Strong start for Chinese throwers in Zhaoging. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  8. ^ Bahrain takes both 10,000m titles in rainy Kobe - Asian champs, Day 1. IAAF (2011-07-08). Retrieved on 2011-07-09.

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