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Xiang LIU
Sport Swimming
NOC China   
GenderWomen
Born01 Sep 1996 in Guangzhou, CHN
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Other names
Liu Jiaxin
Residence
Guangdong, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Physical Education - South China Normal University: Guangzhou, CHN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age five.
Why this sport?
Her parents wanted her to take swimming lessons in order to learn a new skill. She fell in love with the sport after winning her first competition.
Club / Team
Guangdong Province : China
Name of coach
He Xinzhong [club], CHN
Training Regime
In 2020 she announced that she had added running sessions to her training schedule in order to strengthen her legs.
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, drawing, photography, music. (Weibo profile, 22 May 2021; swimming.net.cn, 16 Nov 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach He Xinzhong. (sports.sohu.com, 08 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (news.gmw.cn, 21 Aug 2016)
Injuries
She fell off a treadmill and injured her knees in November 2018. She also suffered a knee injury in 2017. (sohu.com, 29 Nov 2018; sports.sohu.com, 08 Sep 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you work hard and show persistence, then you can have good results." (sports.qq.com, 30 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received the Guangdong Province Youth May 4th Medal. (sports.qq.com, 30 Apr 2019)

She was named 2017 Guangdong Province University Student of the Year. She also won the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year award at the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Gala. (Good Night South China Normal University Baijiahao page, 22 Aug 2018; 134543.xyz, 12 Dec 2017; hosa.cn, 02 Dec 2017)

In 2015 she was named an Elite Athlete of International Class by the General Administration of Sport of the People's Republic of China. (news.163.com, 06 Jan 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (finance.sina.com.cn, 29 Apr 2021; sports.sina.com.cn, 03 Jun 2020)
Other information
NICKNAME DISLIKE
After she broke the 50m backstroke world record at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, she declared that she objected to the nickname 'Swimming Goddess' that had been given to her in the media. "I'm not a vase, I'm a world-record holder. I think my looks are OK, but not to an outstanding point. I still value performance and speed more." (bangkokpost.com, 22 Aug 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 24.91
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 24.46
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 24.58
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 27.58
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.78
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Backstroke 27.21
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.58
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Backstroke 27.20
  2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Freestyle DNS
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:48.15
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 24.87
6 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:38.58
4 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.15
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Jinan, CHN 50m Backstroke 27.35
4 2019 Jinan, CHN 50m Butterfly 26.25
4 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 26.49
5 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 26.74
7 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.35
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.10
2 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.37
2 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 26.75
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.62
6 2014 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 27.24
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 25.01
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 50m Backstroke 26.98
2 2018 Jakarta, INA 50m Freestyle 24.60