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Shen Maomao

Shen Maomao
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  China
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Javelin throw
Asian Athletics Championships
Gold medal – first place 1979 Tokyo Javelin throw
Gold medal – first place 1981 Tokyo Javelin throw

Shen Maomao (Chinese: 申毛毛; born 27 March 1957) is a Chinese former track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. His is a three-time Asian champion and a former Asian record holder.


He rose to prominence with a gold medal-winning performance at the 1978 Asian Games, breaking the games record for the javelin with his throw of 79.24 m (259 ft 11+12 in) to beat Japan's best athlete, Toshihiko Takeda. This made him the first Chinese man to win that title, building on the success of his female counterpart Mao Jiajou in 1974.[1] The following year he defeated Toshihiro Yamada in Tokyo by over eight metres to take the gold medal at the 1979 Asian Athletics Championships. Again this was a championship record and a first win for a Chinese athlete, and was also a new Asian record. Reflecting growing national prowess in the discipline, Li Xia also won the women's event that year.[2]

China's 1980 Olympic boycott meant that Maomao did not get the opportunity to compete at the highest international stage. He did compete at the alternative Liberty Bell Classic event held in the United States and was a clear winner with a throw of 89.12 m (292 ft 4+12 in).[3] This throw would have been sufficient to earn him an Olympic medal at the 1980 Moscow Games.[4] The mark was far in excess of his previous best and represented another Asian record for the Chinese thrower.[5] A former Chinese national record, it remains the best mark ever set by a Chinese with the old javelin design. Among Asian athletes, only Kazakhstan's Viktor Yevsyukov (then competing for the Soviet Union) threw further.[6]

Shen's last major competition was the 1981 Asian Athletics Championships and he successfully defended his title against Japanese opposition in Tokyo. This made him the first athlete to win that title twice. That year shot putter Mohammed Al-Zinkawi and Shigenobu Murofushi were also repeat throws champions.[2]

His career best of 89.12 m in Philadelphia is also reported as being 89.14 m (perhaps due to the difference in converting imperial measurements).[7] His highest global ranking came with this mark, at twelfth for the 1980 season.[8] His throw of 80.48 m (264 ft 12 in) to win at the 1979 National Games of China was the record for the old javelin throw implement.[9]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1978 Asian Games Bangkok, Thailand 1st 79.24 m GR
1979 Asian Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st 86.50 m CR
1980 Liberty Bell Classic Philadelphia, United States 1st 89.12 m AR
1981 Asian Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st 85.40 m

National titles


  1. ^ Asian Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-04-09.
  2. ^ a b Asian Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-04-09.
  3. ^ Olympic Boycott Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-04-09.
  4. ^ Olympic Games (Men). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-04-09.
  5. ^ Coffman Not Happy Despite Winning Decathlon Honours. The Lewiston Journal (1980-07-18), pg. 22. Retrieved on 2016-04-09.
  6. ^ Alltime List: Javelin throw (old design) (Men). Apulanta. Retrieved on 2016-04-09.
  7. ^ Shen Maomao. All-Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-04-09.
  8. ^ Maomao Shen. Track and Field Brinkster. Retrieved on 2016-04-09.
  9. ^ a b Chinese Championships and Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-04-09.
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