Meng Guanliang

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Meng Guanliang
Personal information
Native name 孟关良
Nationality Chinese
Born (1977-01-24) 24 January 1977 (age 40)[1]
Dingqiao, Haining, Jiaxing [1]
Residence Hangzhou[2]
Alma mater Wuhan Sports University, Hubei[3]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 90 kg (200 lb)[1]
Sport
Country  China
Sport male sprint canoeist
Retired yes [4]

Meng Guanliang (simplified Chinese: 孟关良; traditional Chinese: 孟關良; pinyin: Mèng Guānliáng, born January 24, 1977 in Shaoxing, Zhejiang) is a Chinese former flatwater canoeist who has competed since 1998, the gold medalists at two Olympic Games, he won the Canadian canoe C-2 500 m gold medal both in 2004 and 2008.

As a competitive canoeist, Meng once announced his retirement at 2005 China National Games end, he made a comeback on October 2006,[5] Meng officially announced retirement after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[4]

As Champions in two Olympic Games, Meng won lots of honour. He was the winners at the Best Group of CCTV Sports Personality Awards of Year 2008, the 2008 China Top Ten Benefiting Laureus Sports for Good,[6] the 2008 most influential people in Zhengjiang.[7] Meng was selected as the representative of 18th CCPC National Congress;[8] he currently serves as the director at Water Sports Administration Center of Zhejiang .[9]

Career[edit]

Meng became Chinese champion for the first time at the age of twenty. He has won a total of five gold medals at the Asian Championships (1998, 1999 (x3) and 2002).

His best world championship performance came in 2003 in Gainesville, USA. Meng reached two individual finals, finishing in fifth place in the C-1 500 m and sixth in the C-1 200 m.

For the 2004 season he formed a C-2 partnership with Yang Wenjun. On their first international appearance together in Komatsu, Japan, they shocked observers by posting a C-2 500 m time of 1:40.27. Then, in June, they won a World Cup race in Duisburg to establish themselves as one of the favourites for an Olympic medal.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, they were drawn in the toughest heat alongside all the main medal contenders. They won the heat in a time of 1:38.916, almost a full second ahead of Cubans Rojas and Balceiro. The final was much closer with less than a second separating the first eight contenders but Meng and Yang again headed the Cuban pair to win the gold medal - China's first in the sport. They repeated their Olympic victory in Beijing four years later despite their boat capsizing at the finish line after their win.

Meng is 182 cm (6'0") tall and weighs 88 kg (194 lb).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Olympics: Sports-Reference.com - Meng Guanliang's profile (孟关良)
  2. ^ sina.com.cn (2009-02-16)
  3. ^ cnhubei.com (2004-09-18), also see qq.com (2008-8-23)
  4. ^ a b CCTV (2008-12-31): ten famous sporters retiring from athletes
  5. ^ zjol.com.cn (2008-10-31)
  6. ^ honours of Yang Wenjun
  7. ^ the 2008 most influential people in Zhengjiang zjol.com.cn (2009-01-15), also see Today Morning Express (2008-10-30)
  8. ^ zjol.com (2012-12-06)
  9. ^ Chinese Canoeing Association (2008-12-22), sports.sina.com (2014-7-11); taizhou.com.cn (2013-09-11), also see pingxiaow.com (2014-07-13)