Two-time world shot put champion Gong Lijiao has thrown a world-leading 19.70 metres ©Getty Images

Two-time world shot put champion Gong Lijiao threw a world-leading 19.70 metres at the first indoor athletics competition staged in China since the coronavirus outbreak forced the eventual postponement or cancellation of sporting events throughout the country.

The Chinese athlete’s performance at the throws meeting, hosted by Beijing State University, came on her 2020 debut and was her third best ever indoors.

It trails her 19.93m set in Chengdu in 2011 and 19.88m posted in Beijing in 2013.

Organised primarily as a competitive opportunity for athletes that train at Beijing State University, no spectators were allowed into the venue.

Last week, new dates were confirmed for the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, with the rescheduled event due to take place from March 19 to 21 next year.

The Championships was one of the first major sporting events to fall victim to the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Chinese city Wuhan.

The spread of coronavirus in China is slowing ©Getty Images
The spread of coronavirus in China is slowing ©Getty Images

World Athletics announced at the end of January the event had been postponed until 2021.

It was originally scheduled for March 13 to 15 at the newly-built Cube gymnasium at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park.

World Athletics revealed they turned down the opportunity of relocating the Championships.

The Chinese Athletics Association, meanwhile, has confirmed that other athletics meetings have been scheduled for April.

To date, more than 170,000 cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide, with more than 80,000 in China.

But today, Beijing said it had recorded just one new case caught in China, with all other new cases brought into the nation.