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Minxia WU
Sport Diving
NOC China   
GenderWomen
Born10 Nov 1985 in Shanghai, CHN
Height1.67 m
Weight 53 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Shanghai, CHN
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Business Management - Renmin University of China: Beijing, CHN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving in 1991 in Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Why this sport?
She was noticed by a diving coach because of her physique when they were selecting athletes in her kindergarten.
General Interest
Nicknames
Sister Xia, Glass Beauty (dfdaily.com, 18 Jul 2014; dfdaily.com, 19 Aug 2013)
Hobbies
Reading, listening to music. (renwu.hexun.com, 28 Aug 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. (sports.sina.com.cn, 20 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
Chinese diver Guo Jingjing. (news.xinhuanet.com, 05 Jan 2013)
Hero / Idol
Chinese diver Fu Mingxia, Canadian diver Jennifer Abel. (sports.sina.com.cn, 14 Mar 2014; 2010.163.com, 23 Mar 2013)
Injuries
An injury she sustained during training meant she was unable to compete at the 2013 National Games in the People's Republic of China. (sports.sina.com.cn, 18 Aug 2013)

She was troubled by a waist injury at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (news.hexun.com, 28 Aug 2014)

She injured her lower back, her foot and her waist during training in 2007. (news.xinhuanet.com, 23 Jul 2013; Athlete, 19 Feb 2008)

She has congenital hemolytic anaemia, which can result in shortness of breath and fatigue. (news.sohu.com, 02 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The road map of life depends on the choices you make with your heart. What kind of route depends on yourself." (t.qq.com, 10 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Diver of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA] in 2011 and 2012. (FINA, 04 Jan 2013; sports.eastday.com, 09 Dec 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from the sport in December 2016. (sports.sochu.com, 18 Dec 2016)

LANDMARKS
She became the most successful Olympic female diver when she claimed gold in the 3m synchronised springboard at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. That result was her seventh Olympic medal, breaking the record for most medals by a female diver that she had previously held with fellow Chinese diver Guo Jingjing. She also set the record for most gold medals by any Olympic diver, claiming her fifth gold medal in Rio de Janeiro [a record later tied by Chinese diver Chen Ruolin, also in Rio de Janeiro]. At age 31, she also became the oldest female diver to win an Olympic gold medal. (reuters.com, 07 Aug 2016; news.xinhuanet.com, 10 Aug 2016)

TRAGEDY
After she won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, her parents finally revealed the news of her grandparents' death, which had happened over a year earlier, as well as her mother's eight-year battle with breast cancer. Her parents had kept the news from her because they did not want to affect her performances. (aipsmedia.com, 06 Aug 2012)

ILLNESS
At age 10 she was diagnosed with beriberi, a condition caused by a lack of vitamin B1 that can affect the cardiovascular or nervous system. It took her around two years to fully recover. (tianjinwe.com, 10 Aug 2012)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 3m Springboard Synchro 345.60 
1 2012 London, ENG 3m Springboard 414.00
1 2012 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 346.20
3 2008 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard 389.85
1 2008 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 343.50
2 2004 Athens, GRE 3m Springboard 612.00
1 2004 Athens, GRE 3m Springboard Synchro 336.90
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 351.30
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 338.40
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 3m Springboard 380.85
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 356.40
2 2009 Rome, ITA 1m Springboard 311.90
1 2009 Rome, ITA 3m Springboard Synchro 348.00
2 2007 Melbourne, AUS 3m Springboard 368.80
1 2007 Melbourne, AUS 3m Springboard Synchro 355.80
2 2005 Montreal, CAN 1m Springboard 299.70
2 2005 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard 619.05
3 2003 Barcelona, ESP 3m Springboard 589.80
1 2003 Barcelona, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 357.30
2 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 1m Springboard 297.57
1 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 3m Springboard Synchro 347.31
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
16 2009   3m Springboard  
4 2009 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 329.50
1 2009 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 335.10
16 2008   3m Springboard  
2 2008 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard 368.90
1 2008 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 350.40
13 2008 Shenzhen, CHN 3m Springboard 357.65
1 2008 Shenzhen, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 343.80
19 2007   3m Springboard  
2 2007 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 322.80
1 2007 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard Synchro 329.70
1 2007 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 360.30
2 2006   3m Springboard  
2 2006 Elektrostal, RUS 3m Springboard 371.85
1 2006 Elektrostal, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 320.10
2 2006 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 364.35
2 2006 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard 305.75
1 2006 Victoria, CAN 3m Springboard 399.10
1 2005   3m Springboard  
2 2005 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard 338.58
1 2005 The Woodlands, TX, USA 3m Springboard 350.97
1 2005 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard 363.72
1 2005 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 314.70
2 2004   3m Springboard  
3 2004 Athens, GRE 3m Springboard 591.00
1 2004 Athens, GRE 3m Springboard Synchro 360.30
1 2004 The Woodlands, TX, USA 3m Springboard 355.30
1 2004 The Woodlands, TX, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 322.80
4 2004 Victoria, CAN 3m Springboard 348.12
1 2004 Victoria, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 316.50
1 2004 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard 372.21
1 2004 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 334.20
15 2003   3m Springboard  
6 2003 Adelaide, AUS 3m Springboard 301.74
1 2003 Adelaide, AUS 3m Springboard Synchro 333.60
2 2003 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard 359.67
1 2003 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 324.90
6 2002   3m Springboard  
1 2002 Coral Springs, FL, USA 3m Springboard 339.42
1 2002 Coral Springs, FL, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 284.82
1 2002 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard 346.95
1 2002 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 286.23
3 2001   3m Springboard  
2 2001 Elektrostal, RUS 3m Springboard 531.45
1 2001 Elektrostal, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 293.52
1 2001 Manchester, ENG 3m Springboard 535.98
1 2001 Manchester, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 276.96
4 2001 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 294.15
1 2001 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard Synchro 279.84
4 2000   3m Springboard  
4 2000 Elektrostal, RUS 3m Springboard 520.83
4 2000 Elektrostal, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 251.04
3 2000 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 311.61
2 2000 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard Synchro 278.46
1 2000 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard 525.78
4 2000 Xian, CHN 3m Springboard 555.57
2 2000 Xian, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 300.60
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2014 Incheon, KOR 3m Springboard Synchro 318.60
1 2010 Guangzhou, CHN 1m Springboard 326.15
1 2006 Doha, QAT 1m Springboard 317.25
1 2006 Doha, QAT 3m Springboard 371.85
2 2002 Busan, KOR 3m Springboard 609.15
1 2002 Busan, KOR 3m Springboard Synchro 319.80
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2015 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 328.50
1 2015 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard Synchro 338.10
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 334.20
1 2015 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 331.50
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 330.60
1 2014 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard Synchro 335.40
1 2014 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 332.40
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 330.90
1 2013 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 336.60
3 2012   3m Springboard  
1 2012   3m Springboard Synchro  
2 2012 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard 394.50
1 2012 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 347.70
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard 372.15
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 3m Springboard Synchro 329.40
2 2012 Moscow, RUS 3m Springboard 352.55
1 2012 Moscow, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 320.40
1 2012 Tijuana, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 339.90
1 2011 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard 402.30
1 2011 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 341.10
1 2011 Guanajuato, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 332.70
1 2011 Moscow, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 346.50
2 2011 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard 370.35
1 2011 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 334.20
4 2010 Qingdao, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 264.00
5 2010 Veracruz, MEX 3m Springboard 313.45
3 2010 Veracruz, MEX 3m Springboard 345.75
1 2010 Veracruz, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 336.60
1 2010 Veracruz, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 324.00
4 2009   3m Springboard  
5 2009 Changzhou, CHN 3m Springboard 326.00
1 2009 Doha, QAT 3m Springboard 373.50
1 2008 Nanjing, CHN 3m Springboard 377.50
1 2008 Nanjing, CHN 3m Springboard 377.50
1 2008 Nanjing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 338.10
1 2008 Nanjing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 338.10
3 2008 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard 340.00
3 2008 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard 340.00
1 2008 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 332.10
1 2008 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 332.10
2 2008 Tijuana, MEX 3m Springboard 364.35
2 2008 Tijuana, MEX 3m Springboard 364.35
1 2008 Tijuana, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 342.00
1 2008 Tijuana, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 342.00
4 2007 Mexico City, MEX 3m Springboard 313.50
4 2007 Mexico City, MEX 3m Springboard 313.50
1 2007 Mexico City, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 333.60
1 2007 Mexico City, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 333.60
2 2007 Nanjing, CHN 3m Springboard 383.10
2 2007 Nanjing, CHN 3m Springboard 383.10
1 2007 Nanjing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 352.50
1 2007 Nanjing, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 352.50
3 2007 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard 332.80
3 2007 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard 332.80
1 2007 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 340.20
1 2007 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 340.20