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Jiayu XU
Sport Swimming
NOC China   
GenderMen
Born19 Aug 1995 in Wenzhou, CHN
Height1.87 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
China
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
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
Nicknames
Jia Yu [Softshell Turtle] (sohu.com, 30 Sep 2020; zjnews.zjol.com.cn, 26 Jul 2017)
Hobbies
Watching television, playing video games. (sports.163.com, 08 Aug 2017; sports.qq.com, 29 Jul 2017)
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)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was presented with the Best Breakthrough Athlete of China award at the FINA World Aquatics Gala. He was also named one of China's Top 10 Athletes of the Year in 2018 by the Xinhua News Agency. (sports.xinhuanet.com, 26 Dec 2018; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 16 Dec 2018)

In 2013 he was named an Elite Athlete of International Class by the General Administration of Sport of China. (sport.gov.cn, 16 Apr 2013)
Milestones
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. (zj.people.com.cn, 23 Oct 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Weibo profile, 23 Apr 2021; sports.sina.com.cn, 03 Oct 2020; sports.xinhuanet.com, 25 Sep 2020)
Other information
COACH MOTIVATION
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. He did whatever he could to help us to achieve our dreams and never gave up on me." (swimswam.com, 20 Jul 2020; sports.163.com, 05 Jul 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 52.51
17 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:57.76
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.86
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay DSQ
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Backstroke 52.31
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Backstroke 1:55.16
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
28 2012 London, ENG 200m Backstroke 2:00.26
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Backstroke 1:57.15
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 52.43
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Backstroke 24.64
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:04.74
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:31.61
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 52.44
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:55.26
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 24.74
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.25
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:31.65
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 1:55.20
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 52.89
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 25.71
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.65
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:35.21
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Backstroke 1:57.13
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Backstroke 53.84
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:35.95
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Backstroke 49.26
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Backstroke 22.91
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:49.91
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 6:47.53
3 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Backstroke 50.02
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Backstroke 1:51.37 
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Backstroke 23.54 
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.98
7 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:26.87
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.93
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Backstroke 1:52.44
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Backstroke 52.21
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Jinan, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:59.59
3 2019 Jinan, CHN 50m Backstroke 25.25
1 2019 Jinan, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:43.79
7 2018   Overall Ranking  
1 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 22.70
3 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:43.59
1 2018 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.69
1 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:49.08
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 1:48.93
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 22.71
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 48.98
1 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:48.32
1 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 22.87
1 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 48.88
15 2017   Overall  
3 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 51.52
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.09
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.10
3 2017 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 23.18
2 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 50.05
4 2017 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.06
1 2017 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 49.82
3 2017 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:50.96
4 2017 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.94
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:51.50
2 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.31
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 50.22
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.12
24 2014   Overall  
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.29
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:50.61
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 50.14
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.10
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 53.02
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:55.19
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 24.65
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 100m Backstroke 54.24
2 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Backstroke 1:58.94
3 2012 Dubai, UAE 50m Backstroke 25.89
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 100m Backstroke 52.34
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 50m Backstroke 24.75
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 200m Backstroke 1:53.99
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.99
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:40.45
2 2014 Incheon, KOR 100m Backstroke 52.81
3 2014 Incheon, KOR 50m Backstroke 25.24
2 2014 Incheon, KOR 200m Backstroke 1:55.05
1 2014 Incheon, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:31.37 CR