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Chongqing's Athletes to Shine in Hangzhou at the 19th Asian Games

By YAN DENG|Sep 15,2023

Chongqing - The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou witnesses the formal establishment of the Chinese sports delegation, comprised of 1,329 participants. Chongqing is proudly represented by ten athletes competing in weightlifting, wrestling, international chess, Go, and double-trap shooting.

Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center. (Photo/Hangzhou 19th Asian Games Organizing Committee)

The athletes representing Chongqing City at the Hangzhou Asian Games include Li Dayin, Tan Zhongyi, Wang Yingying, Li Yiming, He Feng, He Xianghong, Yang Dingxin, Zhou Yanxu, Liu Jiangchi, and Ding Hongjie.

Li Dayin will compete in the weightlifting men's 96kg category at the Asian Games. He notably won the gold medal in the men's 81kg category at the 14th National Games in September 2021 with a total lift of 364kg, a significant achievement for Chongqing weightlifting. Later, at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in May 2023, he captured gold in the snatch, silver in the clean and jerk, and overall gold in the men's 89kg category. He also set new world records for both snatch and total weight.

Tan Zhongyi will participate in the women's team chess event at the Asian Games. She became the first-ever female chess champion at the World University Games in 2011. Subsequently, she clinched gold at the 42nd Chess Olympiad team event in 2016 and became the 16th Women's World Chess Champion in 2017. She also finished as the runner-up in the 2022-2023 FIDE Women's World Championship Candidates Tournament.

Wang Yingying, representing the Chongqing University of Technology, will take part in the women's team fencing event at the Asian Games. Her accolades include a second-place finish in the individual youth category and a gold in the 2019 National Fencing Championships team event. In 2020, she triumphed in the individual youth category at the National Fencing Championships (Finals). She also achieved second in the individual and fifth in the team categories during the Qingdao leg of the 2022 National Fencing Championships.

Li Yiming will vie for gold in the Greco-Roman wrestling 97kg category at the Asian Games. His track record boasts wins at the 2017 and 2018 National Youth International-Style Wrestling Championships and top placements in the 2018 and 2020 National International-Style Wrestling Championships.

He Feng is set to compete in the 70kg category of Sanda (Chinese kickboxing) at the Asian Games. He recently secured a gold medal in this category at the 31st World University Summer Games.

He Xianghong will represent Chongqing in the mixed team racewalking event at the Asian Games. In March 2023, he clinched first place in the 35km racewalk at the National Racewalking Grand Prix, shattering the Asian record with a world-leading time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, and 55 seconds.

Yang Dingxin will be in action in both the Go (Weiqi) men's team and individual events at the Asian Games. He bagged a bronze medal at the National Games in 2017 and clinched the title at the 23rd LG Cup World Weiqi King's Cup in 2019.

Zhou Yanxu will compete in the 3x3 basketball men's event at the Asian Games. After being selected for the national 3x3 basketball team in 2021, he played a pivotal role in leading the Shanghai team to a bronze medal in the adult 3x3 basketball finals that September. In 2022, he showcased his talent with the Zhejiang Bull Fighters, averaging 7.4 points per game.

Liu Jiangchi will shoot for success in the double trap events at the Asian Games, including individual, men's team, and mixed team categories. Although he placed fourth at the National Championships in April 2023, he rebounded with a victory the following month.

Ding Hongjie will contend in the men's weightlifting 61kg category at the Asian Games. At the World Weightlifting Championships in September 2023, he placed fourth in both the snatch and the clean and jerk events, also securing a bronze for his combined performance in the 61kg category.


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