Xu Jiali ranks first again after previous round setback
Xu started to learn OP level sailing when she was 10 years old. She won a team championship in the 1999 Asian tournament, was the champion for female OP level sailing in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, the champion in the 2001 and 2002 World Championships, won first place in the 2006 Laser Radial Women’s World Championship, took a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and emerged as champion from the 2009 National Games. Xu reached a new height in her career in the 2012 London Olympics where she won the gold medal in the female individual Laser Radial event.
Many people have admired Xu’s achievements and results, but few knew that she has overcome physical disadvantages.
One of her eyes is visually impaired, and she is nearly deaf in her right ear. Xu says that “Although I can only listen with one ear, this makes me more concentrated in my competitions, and my right eye is normal.”
Xu has also run into other troubles and dangers in her career as an athlete. In 1999, she survived a dangerous windstorm in Fujian; she avoided amputation of her left leg only because a doctor was able to operate on her left knee.
Xu dreams of becoming a professional sailor, and sailing around the world. The Rio Olympics are her third and last Olympic Games.