China’s Most Decorated Paralympic Athlete Dies After Tragic Car Crash

Huang Wenpan, China’s most decorated athlete from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with five gold medals, died on the way to the hospital after a horrifying car crash in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The tragic accident occurred at 4 p.m. on March 4 when the car he was driving suddenly swerved off the road drove into a lamppost, according to local police.

The 22-year-old athlete was thrown out of his car as the vehicle rolled over on the sidewalk, according to Shanghaiist. No injuries have been reported after the accident.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and tried to bring Huang to a nearby hospital. But he was pronounced dead before they reached their destination.

Huang took up swimming in 2010 despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He set a new world record by taking home five gold medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in the 200-meter freestyle S3, 50-meter breaststroke SB2, 150-meter individual medley SM3, 50-meter freestyle S3, and the mixed 4×50-meter freestyle.

However, his close opponent, Ukraine’s Dmytro Vynohradets, prevented him from acquiring every gold medal in the tournament. He won a silver medal in the 50-meter backstroke.

I’m mobility-impaired on land but able to move easily in the water, so swimming gives me new life,” Huang once told Xinhua.

Featured Image (left) via Btime, (right) Shanghaiist

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: