Yang Wenyi

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Yang Wenyi
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Born January 11, 1972
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yang.

Yang Wenyi (simplified Chinese: 杨文意; traditional Chinese: 楊文意; pinyin: Yáng Wényì; born January 11, 1972 in Shanghai) is a former freestyle and backstroke swimmer from China, whose best performance was winning the gold medal in the 50 m freestyle at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

She was the first woman in history to go under the 25-seconds barrier in the 50m freestyle.

After retirement, she owned "Jinyi Sports Promotion Ltd", holding sports contests and running "Yang Wenyi Swimming Club". The club is located in Minhang, Shanghai.

High performances[edit]

  • Bronze – 4x100 m medley relay
  • Gold – 50 m freestyle (24.98 WR)
  • Gold – 100 m backstroke (1:03.08, Asian best)
  • Gold – 4x100 m medley relay
  • Gold – 4x100m freestyle relay
  • Silver – 50 m freestyle
  • Gold – 50 m freestyle
  • Gold – 100 m backstroke
  • Gold – 4x100 m freestyle relay
  • Gold – 50 m freestyle
  • Gold – 50 m freestyle (24.79 WR)


  • 1989 – Selected one of National Top Ten Athletes
  • 1989 – Voted one of forty Sports Stars in forty years since the founding of new China in 1949

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Preceded by
Tamara Costache
Women's 50 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

11 April 1988 – 11 September 1994
Succeeded by
Le Jingyi