Track Beauty of the Week: Wei Yongli 韋 永麗

Wei Yongli 韋 永麗 is this week’s track beauty!

The Chinese sprinter has had a breakout 2011 season. Barely twenty years of age, Wei notched a silver medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe this July, her first regional podium finish. She lost to eventual champion Guzel Khubbieva (an athlete fifteen years her senior) by a massive 0.31s.

 

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A few days after the continental championships, Wei ran a lifetime best of 11.36s in Nanchang, way better than her 11.70s clocking in Kobe.

Wei was slated to run in the first leg of the Chinese 4x100m relay team at the Daegu World Championships. However, a botched start saw the Chinese quartet disqualified. A disconsolate Wei left the stadium in tears.

Nevertheless, Wei is still young, with plenty more races in the horizon. Her newly established 2011 personal bests, although far from the world’s best, solidify her grasp amongst Asia’s elite sprinters.

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