Wang Junxia, born
in the coastal city of Dalian in Northeast China's Liaoning Province on January
9, 1973, is one of China's best women runners, having won many championships in
long and middle distance races both at home and abroad.
Wang began to
practice long and middle distance running at the age of 15 and entered the
Liaoning provincial track and field team three years later, coached by Ma
Junren, a famous track and field coach.
In 1992, she collected the 10,000m
title in the 4th World Junior Track and Field Championships. The
following year, she finished 1st in the 10,000m in the 4th
World Track and Field Championships and 1st in the marathon in the
5th World Cup before collecting the 3,000m, 10,000m titles in the
7th National Games and breaking the 10,000m world record in this
In 1994, Wang won
the 10,000m titles both at the National Track and Field Championships and at the
Asian Games. She also claimed the championship at that year's Beijing
1995, she collected the 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the 11th Asian
Track and Field Championships. One month later, she grasped one gold and one
silver in the 3rd China City Games.
year, Wang added the 5,000m gold and 10,000m silver to China's medal tally at
the Atlanta Olympics. After this event, Wang went into retirement and in 1999,
she entered the People's University of China to study law.
In 1994, Wang
Junxia was given the Jesse Owens Award, becoming the first Asian to earn this
prestigious international track and field prize.