Event: 20-kilometer Race Walk
PR: 1:33:40 (2000)
High school: Tieling, China
Colleges: Shenyang Institute of Physical Education (China); Brigham Young University and Polomar College (San Marcos,CA).
Coach/Agent: Derek Boosey
Career Highlights: 1992 Olympic Gold medalist for China; two-time Asian Games Champion ('89, '90); 2000 U.S. Olympian.
As a child, Chen demonstrated remarkable athletic achievement...at 10 years old it was determined that she would concentrate her efforts on excelling as an athlete and represent China...in 1992, she became the first Chinese athlete ever to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field, winning the 10k racewalk. Chen then attended Brigham Young and Polomar to enhance her English speaking ability and to build a foundation for a business career. She has also taken formal training as a professional model. She is the only living Chinese athlete to be honored with a life-size statue in her hometown. Chen was granted U.S. citizenship April 12, 2000 and lends her time and support to numerous charities, foundations, and organizations, including serving as honorary spokesperson for the United States Kidney Foundation in support of organ donation... presently is serving as spokesperson for a nationwide series of healthwalks to raise money for the 2001 Summer National Senior Games, and is Director of Asian Marketing for Imagenetix, Inc... official website is www.yuelingchen.com.
2000: 2nd at Olympic trials (1:33:40)...placed 38th at Olympics
(1:39:36)...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN... best of PR 1:33:40.
1993-1999: Did not compete
b Gold medal in first-ever 10-kilometer race walk...best of 42:56.7 (track) for 10km.
1991: Placed 8th at World Champs...3rd at World University Games...best of 43:29.
1990: Won Asian Games...best of 44:11.
1989: Placed 5th at World Cup...won Asian Games...best of 43:55.3 (track).
1988: Best of 46:29.4.
1987: Set world track record of 43:52.1.