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Peng
Wu
People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China, CHN
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 May 1987
Height
180 cm
Weight
71 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Xuan Wei, one son
Residence
Hangzhou, CHN
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
Mandarin

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age five.
Why this sport?
His parents encouraged him to take up swimming so he could lose weight .

International Debut

Year
2002
Competing for
China
Tournament
Asian Games
Location
Busan

General Interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, playing computer games. (chinadaily.com.cn, 01 Aug 2012)
Injuries
He injured his elbow and had to rest for three months in 2009. (sports.sina.com.cn, 31 Oct 2012; 2012.163.com,12 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"March forward bravely." (Weibo profile, 19 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named 2013 Male Athlete of the Year by the Zhejiang province government in China. (sports.sina.com.cn, 03 Apr 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
He retired from the sport after the 2013 National Games in Liaoning, China, and returned in February 2015. He announced his retirement from the sport again in October 2015. (zjnews.zjol.com.cn, 15 Sep 2013; sports. 163.com, 28 Feb 2015; sports.ifeng.com, 21 Oct 2015)

WU WINS
He upset Michael Phelps to win the 200m butterfly at the Michigan Grand Prix in April 2011. Wu's victory marked the first defeat in the event for Phelps since 2002. (france24.com, 15 May 2011)

EARLY DAYS
After he had learned to swim his parents wanted him to stop the sport so he could take up basketball. But his first coach, Wu Xiajun, convinced them to let him continue swimming. (danvren.com, 05 Dec 2006)