Shot put star Gong eyes title defense
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.