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Zige LIU
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC China   
GenderWomen
Born31 Mar 1989 in Benxi, CHN
Height1.81 m
Weight 67 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Jin Wei
Residence
Shanghai, CHN
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
English - Tianjin Foreign Studies University: China
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age seven.
Why this sport?
She was selected for swimming training because of her height.
General Interest
Nicknames
Lao Liu (sports.qq.com, 06 Apr 2011)
Hobbies
Reading. (news.sohu.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 200m butterfly at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (gd.sina.com.cn, 23 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (sh.people.com.cn, 10 Aug 2016)
Injuries
A back strain forced her to miss the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (sports.163.com, 16 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Personal effort is the key to success." (womenofchina.cn, 22 Sep 2009)
Awards and honours
In 2009 she received the Sports Medal of Honour in People's Republic of China. (sports.163.com, 18 Oct 2009)

She was named Best Female Athlete at the 2009 China Central Television [CCTV] Sports Awards. (ir.anta.com, 18 Jan 2010)

In 2009 she received the Sports Hero Award in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (younv.net, 14 Sep 2016; ttpaihang.com, 01 Mar 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from the sport in 2016. (sports.qq.com, 14 Sep 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2012 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 2:07.77 
1 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:04.18
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Butterfly 2:04.59
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:05.90
6 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Butterfly 57.57
2 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Butterfly 2:03.90
20 2005 Montreal, CAN 200m Butterfly 2:14.25 
37 2005 Montreal, CAN 50m Butterfly 28.74 
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:06.07
4 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Butterfly 2:03.99
2 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly 56.58
5 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:04.78
4 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 56.61
1 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.29
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
51 2014   Overall  
7 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 58.02
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:05.68
8 2009   Overall  
1 2009 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:00.78 WR
1 2009 Stockholm, SWE 200m Butterfly 2:02.50 WR
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2009 Foshan, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:06.23
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2014 Incheon, KOR 200m Butterfly 2:10.01
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
19 2012 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:04:41.57