Swimmer Without Arms Breaks World Records

Zheng Tao lost his arms in a rare electrical accident as a child.

Now 33, Zheng has found his home in the swimming pool. He entered the Paralympics for the first time in 2012 and quickly proved that he was among the best. He earned two bronze medals, a silver and his first gold in the 100-meter backstroke.

Zheng returned in 2016 to secure his second gold medal. It was at the 2020 games where Zheng secured his legacy. He earned not one, not two, not three, but FOUR gold medals. This included the 50-meter backstroke where Zheng broke his one world record with a time of 31.42 seconds. Watch his record-setting time below:

In total, Zheng has six gold medals. He has also been awarded the 4 May Award – the highest honor for young people China.

Zheng told his daughter: “I can swim so fast even though I don’t have arms.”

We hope to see Zheng back in the upcoming 2024 games.