Tian Tao

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Tian Tao
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Tian Tao at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 27)
Hubei, China
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight95.75 kg (211 lb)
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s)–96 kg
ClubHubei Province
Coached byYu Jie [1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 181 kg (2018)
  • Clean and jerk: 231 kg (2019 CWR [2] )
  • Total: 410 kg (2019)

Tian Tao (Chinese :田涛; pinyin :Tián Tāo; born 8 April 1994) is a Chinese weightlifter, Olympian, World Champion, Asian Champion and Asian Games Champion competing in the 85 kg division until 2018 and 96 kg starting in 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories. [3]



Tao took up weightlifting in Changyang at ten years of age. [1] He first rose to national prominence after winning the 77 kg category of the Chinese Intercity Games in October 2011 at the age of 17. [4] Although not recognized for not being an international event, his lifts far exceeded the official Youth World Records (by 6/23/35 kg respectively), [5] the jerk of 205 kg even beating the Junior World Record by 3 kg. [6]

Tian's next competition was the April 2012 National Championships where he attempted to qualify for the London Olympic Games. With his total of 365 kg he was however beaten by Lu Haojie and Lu Xiaojun to third place and didn't make the national team.[ citation needed ] During his second attempt in the jerk with 211 kg he also injured his right elbow and had to rehab for the rest of the year. [7]

In 2013 he moved up to the 85 kg class and competed in January at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, winning the bronze medal. [8] In the March National Championships he won the snatch with 165 kg but had to retire early again due to injury after only one successful jerk, not placing on the overall podium. [9] Later this year in September at the domestically prestigious Chinese National Games he placed third with only two good attempts. [10] He was nevertheless chosen to represent China at the 2013 World Championships, where he was forced to drop out after the snatch part of the competition. [11]

Major results

YearVenueWeightSnatch (kg)Clean & Jerk (kg)TotalRank
Olympic Games
2016 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 85 kg 1731781782210210217 OR 2395Silver medal icon.svg
World Championships
2013 Flag of Poland.svg Wrocław, Poland 85 kg 1601651659
2014 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Almaty, Kazakhstan 85 kg 165170175620521121953756
2015 Flag of the United States.svg Houston, United States 85 kg 173178178Gold medal icon.svg211211211
2018 Flag of Turkmenistan.svg Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 96 kg 175181181Silver medal icon.svg215226 WR 236Silver medal icon.svg407Silver medal icon.svg
2019 Flag of Thailand.svg Pattaya, Thailand 96 kg 175175180Silver medal icon.svg218225230Gold medal icon.svg410Gold medal icon.svg
Asian Games
2014 Flag of South Korea.svg Incheon, South Korea 85 kg 16316816852052112181381Gold medal icon.svg
Asian Championships
2019 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Ningbo, China 96 kg175181183Gold medal icon.svg220231231Gold medal icon.svg401Gold medal icon.svg
2020 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Tashkent, Uzbekistan 96 kg170175180Gold medal icon.svg210211Gold medal icon.svg386Gold medal icon.svg

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