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Meng Guanliang

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Subject: Canoeing at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's C-2 500 metres, Canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's C-2 500 metres, Canoeing at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's C-2 1000 metres, Canoeing at the 2002 Asian Games, Canoeing at the 1998 Asian Games
Collection: 1977 Births, Asian Games Medalists in Canoeing, Canoeists at the 1998 Asian Games, Canoeists at the 2002 Asian Games, Canoeists at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Canoeists at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Chinese Canoeists, Living People, Medalists at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Olympic Canoeists of China, Olympic Gold Medalists for China, Olympic Medalists in Canoeing, People from Jiaxing, People from Shaoxing, Sportspeople from Zhejiang
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Meng Guanliang

Olympic medal record
Men's flatwater canoeing
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens C-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing C-2 500 m

Meng Guanliang (simplified Chinese: 孟关良; traditional Chinese: 孟關良; pinyin: Mèng Guānliáng, born January 24, 1977 in Shaoxing, Zhejiang) is a Chinese flatwater canoer who has competed since 1998. Participating in two Summer Olympics, he won the Canadian canoe C-2 500 m gold medal both in 2004 and 2008.

Meng became Chinese champion for the first time at the age of twenty. He has won a total of five gold medals at the Asian Championships (1998, 1999 (x3) and 2002).

His best Gainesville, USA. Meng reached two individual finals, finishing in fifth place in the C-1 500 m and sixth in the C-1 200 m.

For the 2004 season he formed a C-2 partnership with Yang Wenjun. On their first international appearance together in Komatsu, Japan, they shocked observers by posting a C-2 500 m time of 1:40.27. Then, in June, they won a World Cup race in Duisburg to establish themselves as one of the favourites for an Olympic medal.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, they were drawn in the toughest heat alongside all the main medal contenders. They won the heat in a time of 1:38.916, almost a full second ahead of Cubans Rojas and Balceiro. The final was much closer with less than a second separating the first eight contenders but Meng and Yang again headed the Cuban pair to win the gold medal - China's first in the sport. They repeated their Olympic victory in Beijing four years later despite their boat capsizing at the finish line after their win.

Meng is 182 cm (6'0") tall and weighs 88 kg (194 lb).


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