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Yuhan ZHANG
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC China   
GenderWomen
Born06 Jan 1995 in Wuhan, CHN
Height1.73 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Other names
Xin Zhang
Residence
Beijing, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Public Administration - China University of Geosciences: Wuhan, CHN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age five in Hubei Province, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
Her parents introduced her to swimming, and she enjoyed being in the water. She played tennis in her youth and once finished runner-up in a city-level competition in the People's Republic of China. However, she had to choose one sport to continue and picked swimming over tennis after finishing primary school.
General Interest
Nicknames
Iron Girl (edu.gmw.cn, 12 Oct 2015)
Hobbies
Reading, writing, painting, watching movies, listening to music. (Weibo profile, 05 Jun 2020; tyj.hubei.gov.cn, 06 Jan 2020)
Hero / Idol
Korean swimmer Park Tae-Hwan. (sports.sina.com.cn, 11 Sep 2013)
Injuries
She collapsed due to hypokalemia [low potassium] after winning a bronze medal in the 800m freestyle in the 2017 National Games in the People's Republic of China. She was sent to hospital and did not attend the medal ceremony. (sports.sina.com.cn, 06 Sep 2017; finance.ifeng.com, 06 Sep 2017; Sports.sina.com.cn, 07 Sep 2017)

In 2013 she dislocated her collarbone during training one month prior to the National Games. She was able to resume training and compete at the Games. (sports.gmw.cn, 11 Sep 2013; sports.sina.com.cn, 11 Sep 2013)

In 2013 she suffered from pleurisy [a lung inflammation] due to overtraining. (edu.gmw.cn, 12 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is not always about winning. It is about passion and surpassing yourself." (finance.sina.com.cn, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she was named an Elite Athlete of International Class by the General Administration of Sport of China. (sport.gov.cn, 26 Jan 2015)
Other sports
She represented the People's Republic of China in open water swimming at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Welland, ON, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2020)
Famous relatives
Her parents were both national champions in finswimming in the People's Republic of China. (sport.gov.cn, 04 Feb 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (tyj.hubei.gov.cn, 06 Jan 2020)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2017 she began studying for master's degree at Beijing Sport University in the People's Republic of China. (tyj.hubei.gov.cn, 06 Jan 2020; sport.gov.cn, 24 Oct 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:35.32
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:06.30
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:47.96
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:46.22
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:06.03
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:26.06
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:44.96
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:35.17
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:08.57
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:34.08
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 800m Freestyle 8:21.05
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 4:02.61 
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:42.09
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Jinan, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:12.40
4 2019 Jinan, CHN 100m Freestyle 55.34
49 2018   Overall Ranking  
6 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:55.72
3 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:08.23
4 2016 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:55.67
6 2016 Beijing, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:05.79
60 2014   Overall  
3 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:55.30
4 2014 Beijing, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:01.37
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2016 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:08.80
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:48.61
1 2014 Incheon, KOR 400m Freestyle 4:07.67