Report: Liao Hui Ends Retirement, Sets Goal for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

According to outlet, 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist Liao Hui has announced he’s back to training in weightlifting and has his eyes set on competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The news comes as a surprise to some after Hui — also a three-time World Champion and holder of all Senior world records in the men’s 69kg weightlifting category — announced his retirement before the 2016 Olympics after he was not chosen to represent China in Rio.

Hui’s countryman — Shi Zhiyong, who is 23 years old — won gold in Rio in the 69kg class.

The 29-year old Hui won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and dominated the weight class for the majority of his international career.

However, Hui was disqualified following the 2010 Weightlifting World Championships after testing positive for Boldenone and Androstatrienedione. He was subsequently stripped of the 2010 World Championship and the World Records he set at that competition in the clean & jerk and total.

Following the positive test, Hui received a ban from international competition that left him ineligible for the 2012 London Olympic Games. After serving his suspension, Hui would come back to win the 2013 and 2014 World Weightlifting Championships, adding to his other World Championship title from 2009.

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David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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