Wu Jingyu

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wu.
Wu Jingyu
2008 Summer Olympics Taekwondo - Mildred Alango v. Wu Jingyu 3.jpg
Mildred Alango of Kenya vs Wu Jingyu of China (right), 2008 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Born (1987-02-01) February 1, 1987 (age 27)
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Sport
Country  China
Sport Taekwondo
Event(s) -49 kg
Coached by Chen Liren
Updated on 8 Aug. 2012.

Wu Jingyu (simplified Chinese: 吴静钰; traditional Chinese: 吳靜鈺; pinyin: Wú Jìngyù; born February 1, 1987 in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi) is a female Chinese Taekwondo practitioner who won gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in the –49 kg class.

Hobbies

Music, movies. (2008teamchina.olympic.cn, 1 May 2008)

Occupation

Student

Education

University of Suzhou / Tianjin Institute of technology, China

Club name

Jiangxi Provincial Weightlifting and Combat Sports Administrative Centre, Jiangxi, CHN

Coach

Chen Liren (CHN) (wujingyu.sports.cn, 2011)

Additional information

Start of sporting career Wu began practicing taekwondo when she was 12 years old. (womenofchina.cn, 26 Aug 2008)

Hero China's Olympic diver Gao Min. (wujingyu.sports.cn, 2011)

Awards Wu was the first Chinese woman to win gold in the 49 kg class at both Olympic and Asian Games level, winning at the 2006 Doha Asian Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. (womenofchina.cn, 26 Aug 2008, news.xinhuanet.com, 20 Aug 2008)

General SIGNATURE KICK She is only 167 cm tall but is very flexible, and specialises in axe kicks. (womenofchina.cn, 26 Aug 2008)

PORCELAIN POWER Her hometown in Jiangxi Province is known as China's 'porcelain capital'. Her uncle is a porcelain maker and she has drawn on porcelain since childhood. She likes to design and write well known sayings on porcelain, sign her name and have her uncle fire them. (womenofchina.cn, 26 Aug 2008)

TAEKWONDO MOVIE She first entered the public eye by appearing in the movie Taekwondo, where she plays a young taekwondo fan who dreams of becoming a champion. (womenofchina.cn, 26 Aug 2008)

TOUGH START She started her taekwondo training when she was 12. It was a late start compared with other Chinese elite athletes. She almost gave up the sport when she was trying to enter the national team as many people thought that being tall and having long legs was very important to taekwondo, and she was only 140 cm at that time. Thanks to her coach, Wang Zhijie's insistence, she persevered and broke into the national team. (star.sports.cn 2008)

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