World champion Gong Lijiao adjusts to lack of competition

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BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Two-time world shot put champion Gong Lijiao told World Athletics that she had found her way to cope with the lack of competition amid the coronavirus outbreak that has paralysed global sport.

"During this time without competition, I've had a competitive fire in my heart that I've been unable to let out," says Gong, who has been training at the national team base at Beijing Sports University. "So during my training sessions, I've been shouting loudly to vent my feelings."

Over the past months, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist also spent time learning English and has been creating videos to post on Douyin, the Chinese version of Tik Tok. The distractions have helped her come to terms with the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

"I was very sad in the beginning because I am a senior athlete. I have been preparing for so many years for Tokyo 2020," the 31-year-old revealed, "but now I feel okay. I can wait. No matter when it will be held, I can wait."

The Tokyo Olympic Games have been pushed back by 12 months to July 23 to August 8, 2021. Enditem

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