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Ying LU
Sport Swimming
NOC China   
GenderWomen
Born22 Jan 1989 in Shanghai, CHN
Height1.75 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Shi Yang, one daughter [2019]
Residence
Shanghai, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Marketing - Tongji University: Shanghai, CHN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1994 at a children's swimming school in Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
She was scouted by a swimming coach when she was in kindergarten.
General Interest
Nicknames
Queen of Butterfly, Ying Ying. (sports.sina.com.cn, 20 Apr 2019, 04 Aug 2013)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (sports.people.com.cn, 31 Jul 2012)
Injuries
She has been troubled by a shoulder injury during her career. (sports.163.com, 05 Sep 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can achieve your dream only if you have a dream." (sports.sohu.com, 04 Aug 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2013 she received the Sports Medal of Honour from the General Administration of Sport of China. (news.china.com.cn, 04 Jan 2013)
Famous relatives
Her husband Shi Yang has represented the People's Republic of China in swimming, and competed in 50m freestyle at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He also won silver in 50m freestyle at the 2012 Asian Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and gold in 50m butterfly at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jun 2021; sports.eastday.com, 08 Oct 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sports.eastday.com, 08 Oct 2020; k.sina.com.cn, 29 Mar 2019)
Other information
SWIMMING COUPLE
She and her husband Shi Yang first met at age five at a children's sports school in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. They were selected into the Shanghai swimming team around the same time, and both represented the People's Republic of China at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (sh.eastday.com, 01 Aug 2017)

CHANGE OF STROKE
A freestyle swimmer from a young age, she contemplated retirement after missing out on selection for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She decided to continue in the sport after her coach suggested she switch to butterfly. (sh.qq.com, 31 Jul 2012)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 56.76
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
5 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.41
2 2012 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 56.87
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.79
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 58.45
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 25.37
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.48
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.41
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly 58.67
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 25.42
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.30
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.87
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Butterfly 57.06
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.61
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Butterfly DNS
32 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly 27.47 
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:48.15
4 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.21
2 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 55.25
6 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.17
4 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.15
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly 58.85
1 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 25.14
5 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:52.53
5 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 56.62
4 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 25.34
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.33
2 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 56.48
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.12
30 2014   Overall  
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.55
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 55.95
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.10
2 2013 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.42
2 2013 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.55
5 2011   Overall  
2 2011 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 56.05
2 2011 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.52
2 2011 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 25.60
1 2011 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 56.63
2 2011 Stockholm, SWE 50m Butterfly 25.42
2 2011 Stockholm, SWE 100m Butterfly 56.44
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly  DNS
2 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 26.19
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 58.92
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 26.34
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:05.70
2 2006 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 2:02.78
1 2006 Singapore, SGP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:48.75
1 2006 Singapore, SGP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:15.88
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2014 Incheon, KOR 50m Butterfly 25.83
2 2014 Incheon, KOR 100m Butterfly 58.45
Heats 2014 Incheon, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
3 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 50m Butterfly 26.29