Shi Zhiyong

Further Personal Information
Other names
Shi Lei
Residence
Ningbo, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2005 in Ningbo, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
He was scouted by coach Li Dongyu.
Club / Team
Zhejiang Province: China
Name of coach
Shao Guoqiang [club], CHN; Yu Jie [national], CHN
General Interest
Nicknames
Stone (hnnews.zjol.com.cn, 12 Aug 2016)
Hobbies
Fishing. (sport.gov.cn, 13 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Zhan Xugang. (reuters.com, 09 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Chinese weightlifter Liao Hui. (sports.sina.com.cn, 23 Apr 2018)
Injuries
He suffered an injury to his waist area during training before the 2013 National Games. He did not fully recover from the injury until 2015. (zj.sina.com.cn, 24 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was presented with the Sports Medal of Honour by the General Administration of Sport of China. (sport.gov.cn, 04 Jan 2017)

In 2016 he was named an Elite Athlete of International Class by the General Administration of Sport of China. (jsdj.sport.gov.cn, 15 Apr 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (xinhuanet.com, 23 Apr 2019; sports.sina.com.cn, 21 Dec 2019)
Other information
NAME CHANGE
He was born Shi Lei but his coach Zhan Xugang suggested he change his name to Shi Zhiyong, which was also the name of the Chinese weightlifter who won gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. "I was still young when I left my family to train, and my coach gave me the new name. I did not know about the 2004 Olympics at that time. As I grew up I learned all about Shi Zhiyong. The name means wisdom and courage, and Shi told me that as I had his name I must never give up, and I should become a champion like him." (reuters.com, 09 Aug 2016)

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