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Jiayu
Xu
People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China, CHN
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
19 August 1995
Height
187 cm
Weight
79 kg
Residence
China
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Sport Studies - Zhejiang College of Sports: China

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
Name of coach
Xu Guoyi [club, national], CHN

General Interest

Nicknames
Jia Yu [Softshell Turtle]. (zjnews.zjol.com.cn, 26 Jul 2017)
Hobbies
Watching television. (sports.163.com, 08 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 100m backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (zj.zjol.com.cn, 12 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Xu Guoyi. (zjnews.zjol.com.cn, 24 Aug 2017)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie. (sports.qq.com, 18 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You never know what is going to happen, so take the chance and perform at your best in the pool." (news.66wz, 08 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
He received Merit Citation Class One from the people's government of Zhejiang, People's Republic of China, in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (81.cn, 29 Sep 2016)

In 2013 he was named an Elite Athlete of International Class by the General Administration of Sport of the People's Republic of China. (chinanews.com, 16 Apr 2013)
Famous relatives
His mother Yu Zhenzhen competed in swimming for Wenzhou in People's Republic of China. (zj.people.com.cn, 23 Oct 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sports.sina.com.cn, 02 Sep 2017)