SPORTS Armless swimmer smashes world record


Armless swimmer smashes world record

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14:08, November 01, 2021

Chinese Paralympian Jiang Yuyan, 16, won a gold medal with a world record-breaking performance in the women’s 400-meter freestyle S6 swimming final on Thursday, her 9th gold at the 11th National Games for Persons with Disabilities and the 8th National Special Olympic Games in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

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As the youngest member in the Chinese delegation to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Jiang claimed two golds, one silver and one bronze, and set two world records.

Jiang lost her right leg and arm in a car crash when she was only 4, but she managed to overcome the disability and proved that a life can be changed by individual willpower.

“Swimming gives me confidence. I feel free in the water, and I can find my own way,” she said.

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Nicknamed the “flying fish,” Jiang pocketed three golds at the Asian Para Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia, eight golds at the 10th National Games for Persons with Disabilities 2019 in North China's Tianjin Municipality, and 3 golds at the London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships.

Jiang is good at Chinese calligraphy, and also does well at school.

With the support of her family and schoolmates, Jiang is outgoing and optimistic, and she is treated by people around her in a kind way.

“I hope people can be inspired by my story. Don't give up when things aren't going well. Instead, we have to follow our dreams and strive to make progress,” Jiang said.

(Compiled by Lyu Xingke; Edited by Lu Dong)

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