Lina Lei’s table tennis odyssey began in her native Sichuan, China, when she was five years old. By the time she was 15, Lei had become a World Para Champion in singles and teams and, two years later, claimed the first of her Paralympic gold medals, at Athens in 2004.

Born with a deficiency in her right lower leg, Lei kept her self-confessed sweet tooth at bay to remain a force in her sport between 2006 and 2014, winning every gold medal up for grabs at Paralympic level and at World Para Championships, a truly extraordinary run of success.

Following the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Lei moved to Australia, and was selected to represent her new nation for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

At the Games, Lei ended Australia’s 37-year gold medal drought when she won the women’s individual class 9 final 3-2 against former China teammate …

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Date of birth
19 February 1988
Para-table tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Right leg limb deficiency
How acquired
Templestowe, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Paralympic and World Championship success since 2002.

Greatest sporting moments

Being selected to the Australian team for Tokyo 2020

Favourite quote
Never give up


  • Sport: Para-table tennis Classification: Class 9

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