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Shiwen YE
Sport Swimming
NOC China   
GenderWomen
Born01 Mar 1996 in Hangzhou, CHN
Height1.72 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Hangzhou, CHN
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
Zhejiang Province: China
Why this sport?
Her kindergarten teacher suggested she try the sport.
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six at a local sports school in the People's Republic of China.
General Interest
Awards and honours
In 2015 she was named Female Athlete of the Year at the Zhejiang Province Top 10 Athletes Awards in the People's Republic of China. (sports.163.com, 03 Apr 2015)

She was named Best Female Athlete at the 2012 China Central Television [CCTV] Sports Personality of the Year Awards. (sports.qq.com, 19 Jan 2013)

She was presented with Pacific Rim Female Swimmer of the Year award by the US magazine Swimming World in both 2011 and 2012. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 05 Dec 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Success comes from hard work." (news.gooooal.com, 17 Feb 2010)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Chinese swimmer Luo Xuejuan. (sports.sina.com.cn, 22 Oct 2013; we.sportscn.com, 01 Aug 2012)
Further Personal Information
Languages
Mandarin
General Interest
Nicknames
Xiao Ye Zi [Little Leaf]. (sohu.com, 21 Sep 2021)
Further Personal Information
Higher education
Law - Tsinghua University: Beijing, CHN
General Interest
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China, and the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (news.sina.com.cn, 23 Sep 2021)
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
General Interest
Other information
CHANGED MINDSET
After winning two gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she struggled with the pressure of winning. She took a break from the pool in 2017 after recording disappointing results at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, before returning to swimming in late 2018. "After becoming an Olympic champion, I didn't know what my next goal would be. I thought that because I had won at the Olympic Games, I had to win every competition. The result was that the more I wanted to win, the more I was afraid of losing. In the end, I was afraid of competitions. Now, I realise I have won pretty much everything I could win, so I don't need to prove anything. I also lost everything I could lose, so it can't get much worse. I will only treat competitions as a place for achieving dreams, to enjoy competitions, rather than worrying about winning or losing." (zjnews.zjol.com.cn, 14 Aug 2019; sports.sina.com.cn, 27 Jul 2019; sports.people.com.cn, 06 Nov 2018)
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach
Yu Cheng [club], CHN

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Individual Medley 2:13.56
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Individual Medley 4:45.86
1 2012 London, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:28.43 
1 2012 London, ENG 200m Individual Medley 2:07.57 
6 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.11
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Breaststroke 2:23.15
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Individual Medley 4:32.07
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:08.60
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:43.40
15 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:13.01 
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:14.01
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:42.96
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Individual Medley 4:38.51
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Individual Medley 2:10.48
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:49.79
5 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:35.15
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:08.90
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:19.52
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:05.79
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Individual Medley 58.94
2 2012 Istanbul, TUR 400m Individual Medley 4:23.33
1 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 2:04.64
2 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:24.55
2 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 2:05.94
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Jinan, CHN 200m Freestyle 2:00.10
23 2018   Overall Ranking  
3 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:08.16
4 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:21.90
5 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 59.80
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:18.39
6 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:57.33
4 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 2:10.70
6 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:21.53
3 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 2:07.09
5 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 59.09
30 2014   Overall  
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 58.36
13 2012   Overall  
18 2010   Overall  
1 2010 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:08.87
1 2010 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 53.66
1 2010 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:28.67
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2014 Incheon, KOR 400m Individual Medley 4:32.97
1 2014 Incheon, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:08.94
1 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:09.37 CR
1 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:33.79