Lina Lei

Personal Details

Home town:

Sichuan, China

Date of birth:

19 February 1988

Sporting Details

Event(s) / Discipline:

Para-table tennis

Classification:

Class 9

Disability:

Physical Impairment – Right leg limb deficiency

Olympic / Paralympic History:

2004 Athens Paralympic Games - Gold

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games - Gold

2012 London Paralympic Games - Gold

2016 Rio Paralympic Games - Silver

- Above: Representing China

2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games

-Representing Australia

Sporting Highlights:

Lina Lei’s table tennis odyssey began in her native Sichuan, China, when she was five years old. By the time she was 15, Lei had become a World Para Champion in singles and teams and, two years later, claimed the first of her Paralympic gold medals, at Athens in 2004.

Born with a deficiency in her right lower leg, Lei kept her self-confessed sweet tooth at bay to remain a force in her sport between 2006 and 2014, winning every gold medal up for grabs at Paralympic level and at World Para Championships, a truly extraordinary run of success.

After Rio, Lei came to Australia, who she will represent for the first time, at Tokyo. Two silver medals at Rio and her stated desire to continue playing at the top level for as long as she can augur well for Australia’s fortunes in women’s Class 9 competition.

Credit: Paralympics Australia

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