Shot put star Gong eyes ti­tle de­fense

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD -

China’s Gong Li­jiao hopes to de­fend her shot put ti­tle at next year’s In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions world cham­pi­onships in Doha, Qatar.

“I want to con­sol­i­date my skills to de­fend the ti­tle and im­prove my per­sonal best,” Gong said dur­ing an IAAF awards cer­e­mony on Tues­day.

It was the sec­ond straight year that Gong has ap­peared at the yearend gala.

Gong won a gold medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta in Au­gust be­fore re­tain­ing her Di­a­mond League cham­pi­onship a month later.

“I can be sat­is­fied with what I have achieved in 2018. There were not many ma­jor tour­na­ments this year, so all my prepa­ra­tion has been fo­cused on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,” she said.

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