Xu Ji­ayu

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK -

Chi­nese swim­mer won gold at the men’s 100-me­ter back­stroke at the Tokyo leg of the 2018 FINA Swim­ming World Cup on Novem­ber 11. Xu fin­ished the race in 48.88 sec­onds, set­ting a new world record. This was Xu’s third gold at the event, af­ter win­ning the men’s 200-me­ter and 50-me­ter back­stroke.

Born in Wen­zhou City of east China’s Zhe­jiang Prov­ince, the 23-year-old started swim­ming un­der the en­cour­age­ment of his mother who used to be a pro­fes­sional swim­mer. Xu en­tered the Zhe­jiang pro­vin­cial swim­ming team in 2008.

He won sil­ver at the men’s 100-me­ter back­stroke at the Rio Olympics in 2016. A year later, he won gold at the men’s 100-me­ter back­stroke at the FINA World Cham­pi­onships. He also won gold for the men’s 100-me­ter back­stroke at the Tokyo stop of the FINA Swim­ming World Cup last year.

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