Chen Ding

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Chen Ding, Chinese race walker

Chen Ding (陈定) is a Chinese race walker who won gold in the men's 20km event at the 2012 London Olympic Games, setting a new Olympic record of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 46 seconds. He also became the second Chinese athlete after Liu Xiang to win an Olympic gold medal in men's track and field.

Born on Aug. 5, 1992 in Baoshan, Yunnan Province, Chen studied at the Baoshan Sports School at the age of nine, and enrolled at the Yunnan Provincial Sports Vocational School at the age of 10. He began to train professionally for race walking in 2004. However, he lost his place on the Yunnan provincial walking race team at the end of 2005 due to injury and illness. In 2007, he was selected by the Shenzhen municipal sports team of Guangdong Province and gained a place on the Chinese track and field team in 2009.

Chen is currently a sophomore at the South China University of Technology, majoring in sports training. Playing guitar is one of his hobbies. Chen took the Olympic title on his birthday, commenting afterwards: "That's the best birthday present I could give myself."

The following are Chen's major achievements between 2008 and 2012.

Second place in the men's 10-km race walk at the World Youth Championships in 2008.

Third place in the race walking Challenge Competition in Switzerland in 2011.

Second place in the race walking World Cup in Saransk, Russia in 2012.

Gold medalist in the men's 20-km race walk at the London Olympic Games in 2012.