Chinese Paralympic athlete Zhou Xia sets world record in the women’s 100-meter race in Tokyo

Zhou Xia won gold

Chinese Paralympian Zhou Xia, who had to overcome muscular atrophy as a result of a car accident, broke the world record in the women’s 100-meter race at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Breaking the record: Zhou Xia, 22, took back the world record title with a time of 13 seconds as she took home the gold in the women’s 100 meters T35 race on Aug. 27, according to the state-run People’s Daily Online.

  • The previous world record was held by Australian runner Isis Holt, who completed the 100-meter race in 13.43 seconds in 2017.
  • Before Holt, Zhou had claimed the title in 2016 at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics Games with a time of 13.66 seconds, as noted in her Olympic profile. The runner won both the 100-meter and 200-meter events at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
  • After the race, Zhou said she was “super excited” about winning and did not expect herself “to be this fast.”
  • The Chinese Olympic Committee tweeted their support as she brought home their tenth gold medal.
  • “All my hard work paid off. I want to thank everyone for their support and I will work harder to fight for my country,” the young runner stated.

Featured Image via Paralympic Games

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