Liu Shiying (athlete) facts for kids
Liu at the 2019 Athletissima meet
|Born||24 September 1993
Muping County, Yantai, Shandong
Born in Muping County, Yantai, Shandong Province, Liu competed in track and field as a teenager and came to prominence nationally with a win at the Chinese City Games. A win at the national junior championships in 2012 saw her rise to the top of the world junior rankings with a personal best of 57.52 m (188 ft 8.44192914 in).
She entered the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics as the leading athlete and improved her best to 58.47 m (191 ft 9.84350394 in) in the qualifying round. She improved again to 59.20 m (194 ft 2.58366142 in) in the final and led until the final round when Sweden's Sofi Flinck had a large personal best to knock Liu into the silver medal position. She had won a gold medal herself at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships a month earlier.
Liu made a gradual progression into the senior ranks. She was sixth at the 2012 Chinese Athletics Championships, then improved to fourth behind Chang Chunfeng at the 12th Chinese National Games in 2013 with a personal best of 60.23 m (197 ft 7.13484252 in) – her first throw beyond sixty metres. She did not compete at a major event in 2014, but a new best throw of 62.72 m (205 ft 9.16633859 in) gave her her highest world ranking yet at 21st (behind only Asian Games winner Zhang Li among Asian women).
She established herself internationally with a win at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships, taking the gold medal for China in a championship record of 61.33 m (201 ft 2.44192914 in) (beating the mark set by her compatriot Li Lingwei in 2013).
On 6 August 2021, she won the gold medal in women's javelin throw at 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with 66.34 metres, thereby becoming the first Asian to win an Olympic gold medal in women's javelin throw and the second Chinese athlete to be crowned the Olympic champion in any field event.
|2012||World Junior Championships||Barcelona, Spain||2nd||59.20|
|Asian Junior Championships||Colombo, Sri Lanka||1st||53.02|
|2015||Asian Championships||Wuhan, China||1st||61.33 CR|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||23rd (q)||57.16|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||8th||62.84|
|2018||Asian Games||Jakarta, Indonesia||1st||66.09|
|2019||World Championships||Doha, Qatar||2nd||65.88 m|
|2021||Olympic Games||Tokyo, Japan||1st||66.34 m|
- 2018: 67.12 m (220 ft 2.39468504 in)
- 2017: 66.47 m (218 ft 0.80413386 in)
- 2016: 65.64 m (215 ft 4.12696851 in)
- 2015: 62.77 m (205 ft 11.13484252 in)
- 2014: 62.72 m (205 ft 9.16633859 in)
- 2013: 60.23 m (197 ft 7.13484252 in)
- 2012: 59.20 m (194 ft 2.58366142 in)
- 2011: 55.10 m (180 ft 9.16633859 in)
- 2010: 50.92 m (167 ft 0.59940945 in)
All information from IAAF profile
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