Wang Yifu: Winning Minister of Armed Forces once fainted in the Olympic Arena

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 Wang Yifu: Winning Minister of Armed Forces once fainted in the Olympic Arena


He holds five Olympic medals and is the most Olympic medal winner in shooting circles in China.

He was the head coach of the Chinese shooting team, and devoted himself to training Pang Wei, Du Li, Yi Siling, Zhu Qinan and other Olympic champions.

He is Wang Yifu, who wrote a myth of old gun with persistence and love. If we want to achieve supermans achievements, we must pay supermans price. This is what Wang Yifu most wants to say to young people nowadays.

Winning the Minister of Armed Forces and Going Shooting

Uncle Liu, my fathers comrade-in-arms, said,If we shoot with air guns, you win me, Ill take you to the shooting team as an athlete.

Wang Yifus Uncle Liu was then the Minister of Liaoyangs armed forces, in charge of the local shooting team. At that time, Wang Yifu had just reached the age of 16, and his understanding of shooting remained at the stage of ignorance of sparrowing, eliminating the four harms.

Unexpectedly, Wang Yifu really won the competition with the Minister of Armed Forces. In January 1977, Wang Yifu was recommended to enter Liaoyang Amateur Sports School and formally accepted shooting training. Its really a chance. Looking back on the opportunity of shooting, Wang Yifu was filled with emotion.

Before that, Wang Yifu showed great talent and enthusiasm in shooting. Once when he visited Uncle Liu with his father, he was attracted by a row of rifles hanging on the wall of the Ministry of Armed Forces. At his strong request, Wang Yifu took an air gun with him as he wished, and whenever he had time, he took his father to the village to shoot sparrows, holding the gun every night to fall asleep.

Wang Yifu recalled that when he returned the gun, his heart was very lost. At that time, I thought, if only I had a gun myself. Seeing that his son couldnt give up the gun, his father decided to buy an airgun in the local sports store as compensation. Wang Yifu recalled that the gun cost 27 yuan, which was a big expense at that time. Later, in order to save money, Wang Yifu often used lead to make bullets.

Fortunately, all these efforts were not in vain. Wang Yifu showed his strength less than half a year after he entered the sports school. In a selection contest, Wang Yifu stood out among the three slow-fire pistol players and won the opportunity to represent Liaoyang in provincial competitions. In that competition, Wang Yifu won the second place, after only one member of the provincial training team. Shortly afterwards, he won second place again, and Wang Yifu attracted the attention of the provincial team leaders.

Abandoned by the provincial team and determined to break the national record

At the 1979 National Games, I won two gold medals, breaking the national record of 567 rings at that time. In retrospect of 40 years agos glory, Wang Yifu understated it. But he admitted that breaking the national record was the first dream of shooting career, and the failure of the first provincial team accelerated the realization of this dream.

During the more than one month of training for the provincial team, Wang Yifu performed well, even in the same competition with the national team players, he did not fall behind. At that time, I played 529 rings, which is very good for amateur team players. However, due to the limited number of provincial teams, Wang Yifu had to temporarily return home.

At that time, I was carrying a lot of luggage. It took me 5 kilometers to walk from the shooting range to Liaoning Tower, and then I took a long-distance bus back to Liaoyang. On the streets of Shenyang, Wang Yifu felt frustrated for the first time. Five kilometers of road was a long way for the 17-year-old at that time.

What is the national record? This is the first sentence Wang Yifu asked the coach when he returned to Liaoyang Sports School. From then on, Wang Yifu wrote several big characters of Beyond 567 Rings in his notebook. It was two years before he broke the national record at the 4th National Games. In Wang Yifus memory, these two years can be described as hardship and enrichment. In order to have more time to practice his basic skills, he applied to the coach to see the gun depot on his own initiative. Every night, he was too sleepy to go to bed until 10 oclock, and he went to class regularly the next morning.

Because of the difficult conditions of the sports school and the insufficient supply of bullets at that time, Wang Yifu could only shoot three to five bullets a month. Raise a gun, aim, shoot, repeat the action over and over again, day by day, the opportunity also comes quietly. In a provincial team selection in December 1977, Wang Yifu made an astonishing impression and thoroughly touched the provincial team leadership with 553 rings. On January 15, 1978, Wang Yifu was deeply impressed by his second entry into the provincial team.

Hold on to Aircraft and Win Olympic Silver Medal with Illness

Looking back on Wang Yifus 27-year shooting career, 1996 is an important node. Before that, Wang Yifu won all the Olympic, World Cup and National Games champions, but his injuries became the most difficult opponent in his shooting career for the next eight years.

On July 20, 1996, at Langxi Shooting Range in Atlanta, the audience waited for Wang Yifus last shot. But just before the attack, Wang Yifu suddenly turned dark and completed the attack with the muscle memory of tens of thousands of training.

6.5 rings! There was an uproar. Wang Yifu eventually missed the chance to win the Olympic gold medal in succession with a weak disadvantage of 0.1. He fainted on the field and was diagnosed with cervical basilar stenosis resulting in insufficient carotid artery blood supply.

In fact, Wang Yifu had been ill before he went to Atlanta. Recalling that experience, Wang Yifu told an unknown story to a reporter of the Beijing News, It was United Airlines flight, the captain of the United States looked at me and said you had to get off the plane. Later, I asked the translator to tell him that I could not go to the Olympic Games and that I was responsible for it.

At Wang Yifus insistence, the captain compromised, but he asked Wang Yifu to stand up on the spot. Listen, Wang Yifu whispered to his wife: Must push me hard from behind. In this way, Wang Yifu grabbed the seat back in front of him and, with his wifes push, stood in front of the captain for more than ten seconds. Born in the 1960s, Wang Yifu received heroism education as a child. In his view, Atlanta ahead is the battlefield, he is a fighter, no matter how serious the pain can not prevent him from moving forward. As a coach, he also asked the players, I said that you should play the role of Chinese athletes, the ultimate goal is to win the championship, raise the national flag, play the national anthem, so that people all over the world can hear our national anthem. In Wang Yifus first year in command, the Chinese shooting team won seven of the 10 gold medals in the Italian World Cup. In the end, even the Italian staff will sing our national anthem. Speaking of this experience, Wang Yifu had a satisfied smile on his face. Source: Li Xiaotian_NS6473, Responsible Editor of Beijing Newspaper

At Wang Yifus insistence, the captain compromised, but he asked Wang Yifu to stand up on the spot. Listen, Wang Yifu whispered to his wife: Must push me hard from behind. In this way, Wang Yifu grabbed the seat back in front of him and, with his wifes push, stood in front of the captain for more than ten seconds.

Born in the 1960s, Wang Yifu received heroism education as a child. In his view, Atlanta ahead is the battlefield, he is a fighter, no matter how serious the pain can not prevent him from moving forward. As a coach, he also asked the players, I said that you should play the role of Chinese athletes, the ultimate goal is to win the championship, raise the national flag, play the national anthem, so that people all over the world can hear our national anthem.

In Wang Yifus first year in command, the Chinese shooting team won seven of the 10 gold medals in the Italian World Cup. In the end, even the Italian staff will sing our national anthem. Speaking of this experience, Wang Yifu had a satisfied smile on his face.