Elite couple shine at China's National Games for Persons with Disabilities

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By Sportswriters Yao Youming, Wang Ze and Zhao Yingbo

XI'AN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Zhou Feifei and his wife Dong Feixia cemented their places among the all-time great Paralympic athletes when Zhou created a new world record (39.99 meters) in his F55 discus competition on Saturday for the couple's third gold at the ongoing 11th China's National Games for Persons with Disabilities.

Zhou pocketed the F55 men's javelin gold medal on Friday, and Dong won the women's F55 discus title on the same day.

"We were informed of the final schedule on Thursday, after which we didn't talk about the competitions too much," Zhou told Xinhua.

"We prepared for the season for two years and we knew we were both in good shape," Zhou added.

On Thursday, Dong saw Zhou compete in her neighboring court, but when Dong started her campaign at the Games, Zhou was talking and sharing his experiences with one of his competitors.

"We are rivals, but he is my old friend. We haven't met each for a long time, that's why I didn't see Feixia's game. What's more, I have confidence in Feixia," Zhou said.

Dong, a Paralympic gold medalist, took up her sport in 2004.

She trained almost every day in these years and was crowned in every major events. The 32-year-old regards "surpassing myself" as her sporting philosophy. Her idol is Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming.

When she met Zhou in the year 2013, she decided to encourage the young man who lost the ability to walk in an accident.

After accepting several months' training, Zhou won his first national title in 2013 and fell in love with Dong.

When Dong suffered some setbacks in her career around the year 2013, Zhou comforted his wife. "My husband is my strongest support," said Dong.

After finishing her competition on Thursday, Dong whispered to Zhou that he should create a new F55 javelin world record.

"I promised her to create more new records in future," Zhou said.

Before the victory ceremony of women's F55 discus, Dong burst into tears.

"I had two major events in the year 2021: the Tokyo Paralympics and the National Games on my home soil. I am very happy because my results are satisfying. I wanted to thank my coach, family and everyone who supported me," Dong said.

"I hope that the F55 discus will become an official event in the Paris Paralympic Games, and then I will be able to participate in it," Zhou said.

Besides decorating the trophy room of their home with countless medals, the couple have a more important mission. They want to inspire their fans and followers through their good performances on the court.

"I hope that young people can realize their self-worth through sports, so that they can live with more confidence," Zhou told Xinhua. Enditem

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