GONG Lijiao

24 Jan 1989
People's Republic of China
People's Republic of China

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ATH Athletics Women's Shot Put 1 Gold Medal


Start Time Location Event Status
Olympic Stadium - Shot Put B
Olympic Stadium - Shot Put A

Biographical Information


Olympic Games
YearLocationShot Put
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA4th (19.39)
2012London, GBR2nd (20.22)
2008Beijing, CHN3rd (19.20)

World Athletics Championships
YearLocationShot Put
2019Doha, QAT1st (19.55)
2017London, GBR1st (19.94)
2015Beijing, CHN2nd (20.30)
2013Moscow, RUS3rd (19.95)
2011Daegu, KOR4th (19.97)
2009Berlin, GER3rd (19.89)
2007Osaka, JPN7th (18.66)

Asian Games
YearLocationShot Put
2018Indonesia1st (19.66)

Asian Championships
YearLocationShot Put
2019Doha, QAT1st (19.18)

Diamond League overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2017
YearShot Put
20193 x 1st, 1 x 2nd
20183 x 1st
20174 x 1st

Diamond League - Ten best performances since 2020
12019Shot PutZurich, SUI20.31
12019Shot PutStanford, CA, USA19.79
12019Shot PutOslo, NOR19.51
12018Shot PutBrussels, BEL19.83
12018Shot PutMonaco, MON20.31
12018Shot PutShanghai, CHN19.99
12017Shot PutZurich, SUI19.60
12017Shot PutParis Saint-Denis, FRA19.14
12017Shot PutRome, ITA19.56
12017Shot PutShanghai, CHN19.46

World Challenge - Ten best performances since 2020
12019Shot PutWorld ChallengeNanjing, CHN19.84

World Indoor Championships
YearLocationShot Put
2018Birmingham, GBR3rd (19.08)

SF - Semifinal, QF - Quarterfinal, 1R - 1st Round, Qual. - Qualification, QR - Qualification Round, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DQ - Disqualified, NM - No Mark, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not run in final
Football, online shopping, playing video games. (wemedia.ifeng.com, 14 May 2018; zhuzhouwang.com, 17 Apr 2018)
Business Administration - University of Science and Technology Beijing, People's Republic of China
Hebei Province [People's Republic of China]
Cong Yuzhen [national], CHN
2007 for People's Republic of China, World Championships in Osaka, Japan (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
She struggled with a left knee injury in early 2018. She received treatment for the injury, but was able to continue training. (sports.people.com.cn, 25 Jan 2018)

She sustained a knee injury at the end of 2017, and returned to training six weeks before the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England. She went on to win a bronze medal at the event. (china.org.cn, 03 Mar 2018)

In 2010 she suffered a right ankle injury that continued to trouble her for some time afterwards. (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
She took up the sport in 2000 at primary school in Shijiazhuang, People's Republic of China. (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
A coach from Shijiazhuang City Sports School encouraged her to take up the sport. (sohu.com, 10 Aug 2017; womenofchina.cn, 18 Oct 2017)
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (news.sina.cn, 03 Sep 2020, 05 Mar 2021)
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang. (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
She listens to music while training. (sports.sina.com.cn, 05 Mar 2021)
"There is nothing better than a dream worth pursuing." (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
In 2018 she was named one of the Top 10 Chinese Athletes of the Year by Xinhua News Agency. (sports.xinhuanet.com, 26 Dec 2018)

In 2015 she was named a Top 10 Athlete by the provincial government in Hebei, People's Republic of China. (hebei.hebnews.cn, 23 Feb 2016)

General Interest

She initially finished fifth in shot put at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, but in 2019 she was upgraded to the bronze medal position after two athletes who originally finished ahead of her were disqualified for anti-doping rule violations. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London she initially finished fourth but was promoted to the bronze medal position in August 2012, and subsequently to the silver medal position in August 2016, following the disqualification of two athletes who finished ahead of her due to anti-doping rule violations. (olympic.org, 13 Aug 2012, 20 Aug 2016; insidethegames.biz, 18 May 2020)

In 2018 she began studying for a degree in athletic training at Beijing Sport University in the People's Republic of China. (Weibo profile, 19 Oct 2018; m.sohu.com, 03 Nov 2018)

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