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Junyi HE
Sport Swimming
NOC China   
Born02 Aug 1997
Height1.95 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Marketing - Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics: China
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age five and started to train systematically at the Zhejiang Provincial Team at age 12.
Why this sport?
He was scouted by swimming coach Zhao Qihua because he was taller than other children at the time. His parents thought it would be good to get him involved in a sport and allowed him to take up swimming.
Club / Team
Zhejiang Province: China
Name of coach
Zhu Zhigen [club, national], CHN
General Interest
Basketball. (new.qq.com, 10 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Zhu Zhigen. (sports.eastday.com, 12 Sep 2018)
Hero / Idol
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang. (paper.dzwww.com, 30 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was named an Elite Athlete of National Class by the General Administration of Sport of China. (jts.sport.gov.cn, 03 May 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sohu.com, 06 Jan 2021)
Other information
He swam long distance early in his career but almost quit swimming because he was unhappy with his results and felt he was not getting any advantage from his height. He was about 170cm tall at age 14. With encouragement from his coach Zhu Zhigen he stayed and then grew more than 20cm. He then switched to short distance swimming. "I love swimming from very early on, but without coach Zhu Zhigen, I wouldn't be where I am today. In the past few years, my weight grew significantly, my strength got stronger and then faster. Because I was a long distance swimmer before and switched to short distance swimming, I have better stamina." (sohu.com, 02 Dec 2018; sports.sina.com.cn, 29 Mar 2019; sports.eastday.com, 12 Sep 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
18 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 48.50
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay DSQ
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 48.67
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:10.55
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Jinan, CHN 100m Freestyle 48.67
2 2019 Jinan, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:30.90
4 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 47.54
8 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 22.11
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 4 x 100m Medley Relay