Xu Haifeng

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Xu Haifeng
Personal information
Native name 许海峰
Born (1957-08-10) August 10, 1957 (age 58)
Zhangzhou, Fujian, China

Xu Haifeng (simplified Chinese: 许海峰; traditional Chinese: 許海峰; pinyin: Xǔ Hǎifēng, A native of He County, Anhui, he was born on August 10, 1957 in Zhangzhou, Fujian) is a male Chinese pistol shooter, and the first person to win a gold medal for China in the Olympic Games. He specializes in the 50 metre pistol event.

Xu won the first gold medal for China in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics while his teammate Wang Yifu won bronze. After retiring in 1995, he became a coach for the Chinese National Shooting Team.

Xu was the first torchbearer to bring the Olympic Torch into the Beijing National Stadium near the end of the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

Xu is married to Zhao Lei, the daughter of his coach in the Chinese National Shooting Team. They have a daughter, Xu Jia.

Xu is currently the Deputy Director of Chinese Cycling and Fencing Administration Centre.

Movie Based on Olympic Story[edit]

On October 14, 2012 a movie based on his life leading up to his Olympic Gold medal, “Xu Haifeng and his Gun" premiered in China. The movie was directed by Wang Fangfang (Chinese: 王放坊) and stars Li Dongxue (Chinese: 李东学) as Xu Haifeng.