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People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China, CHN


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
19 August 1995
187 cm
Higher education
Sport Studies - Zhejiang College of Sports: Hangzhou, CHN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training for the sport at age seven in Wenzhou, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
His mother was a swimmer, and she would often take him to the pool when he was a child.
Club / Team
Zhejiang Province: China

General Interest

Jia Yu [Softshell Turtle] (, 26 Jul 2017)
Watching television, playing video games. (, 08 Aug 2017;, 29 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Xu Guoyi. (, 24 Aug 2017)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie. (, 18 Nov 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was named one of China's Top 10 Athletes of the Year by Xinhua New Agency. (, 26 Dec 2018)

In 2018 he was presented with the Best Breakthrough Athlete of China award from the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (, 16 Dec 2018)

In 2013 he was named an Elite Athlete of International Class by the General Administration of Sport of China. (, 16 Apr 2013)
He became the first male Chinese swimmer to win an Olympic medal in a backstroke event, after winning silver in the 100m backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 May 2020)
Famous relatives
His mother Yu Zhenzhen competed in swimming for Wenzhou in People's Republic of China. (, 23 Oct 2017)
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 25 Sep 2020)
Other information
He credits his former coach Xu Guoyi, who passed away from brain cancer in July 2020, for helping him overcome discipline and motivation issues early on in his swimming career. "At that time, I was not very disciplined. Instead of going to sleep at night, I often played video games excessively. Coach Xu Guoyi actually smashed and broke my computer once. [He was] like my parent, and has been doing whatever he could to help us to achieve our dreams and never gave up on me." (, 05 Jul 2016;, 20 Jul 2020)