Fighting through the darkness

By SHI FUTIAN | China Daily Global | Updated: 2023-05-22 09:48
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A total of 135 athletes participated in the National Para Judo Championships in Beijing last week. Hunan province topped the medal table with five golds. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY

Recalling her early career, Li Liqing said being unable to see the coaches' moves in practice was especially difficult. Para athletes, therefore, rely heavily on touch and feel to learn their takedowns and throws.

After years of honing her skills, all Li Liqing's hard work paid off in 2016 when she claimed gold at the Rio Paralympics.

"Before my victory at the Paralympics, I was the type of youngster who feared nothing and no one. However, after reaching the highest podium, things changed. Suddenly I was at the top and everyone started to study my moves, and I became the target," said the 29-year-old who failed to earn a medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.

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