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Game Changers | Jiaxing girl aims for gold at Asian Games

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: September 7, 2023 L M S

Li Dongyin, a kayaker from Jiaxing, is gearing up for the Hangzhou Asian Games, where she will compete in the women's single kayak and kayak four (K4) events for China.

Li was born in 1995 in a village in Xiuzhou district. She has loved sports since she was a child and has a natural talent for kayaking. She was selected to join the women's kayak team of Jiaxing Youth Sports School when she was 13 years old. She joined the provincial team one year later and became a member of the national team in 2014.

Li has devoted her best years to kayaking, achieving impressive results. She won sixth place in the women's K4 500m final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with her teammates. In the women's K4 500m final of the Canoe Sprint World Cup in Hungary in May, she and her teammates won first place. At the 2023 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships held in August, Li and her teammates qualified for the Paris Olympics.

Li is currently training hard in Dalian, where the weather is nice and sunny. She said that she is very excited about competing near her hometown. "The venue is in Fuyang, which is close to Jiaxing. I will have a lot of relatives and friends to support me, which gives me more confidence." Li hopes to win gold at the Asian Games and make her country and hometown proud.