(; born November 15, 1978 in Jiangsu
) is a Chinese marathon runner
She competed at the 2004 Olympic Games
, finishing the marathon in 33rd place. She placed fourth in the marathon at the 2005 World Championships
. She won the marathon gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games
. She won the silver medal
in the marathon at the 2007 World Championships
, and won the bronze medal
in the marathon at the 2008 Summer Olympics
, one second behind the silver medalist. She finished fourth at the 2009 World Championships
On April 22, 2007 she won the women's race at the London Marathon
for the first time in a time of 2:20:38. In 2010, Zhou took second place at the Seoul International Marathon
, finishing behind Amane Gobena
with a time of 2:25:01.Jalava, Mirko (2010-03-21). . IAAF
. Retrieved on 2010-03-22.
Her personal best for the marathon is 2:19:51 hours, a time which she achieved in March 2006 with her win at the Seoul International Marathon. The performance made her the seventh woman in history to surpass the barrier of two hours and twenty minutes in the marathon.Turner, Chris & Jalava, Mirko (2006-03-14). . IAAF
. Retrieved on 2010-10-19.
She set a half marathon
best of 1:08:59 hours at the 2008 Yangzhou Jianzhen International Half Marathon
, winning the race in course record and China all-comers record time.. Track and......