Zhang Lin (swimmer)

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Zhang Lin
Personal information
Full name 张琳
National team  China
Born (1987-01-06) 6 January 1987 (age 30)
Beijing, China
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
College team Beijing University of Technology

Zhang Lin (simplified Chinese: 张琳; traditional Chinese: 張琳; pinyin: Zhāng Lín; born January 6, 1987) is a retired Chinese competitive male swimmer. He is an Olympic silver medalist, world champion, and the current world-record holder in the 800 metre freestyle.

Early and personal life[edit]

On January 6 1987, Zhang was born in Haidian Deistrict, Beijing City. He is the second son to his parents Zhang Zhongquan (张仲泉) and Zhang Fenglan (张凤兰). He has an elder brother Zhang Cong (张琮) who is 5 years his senior.[1]Both of his parents are the common staffs in a property management company.[2][3][4]

Zhang started swimming at the age of 7. His junior school was nearby Beijing Sport University, it was one of his initial factors of swimming. In 2000, he decided to be a professional swimmer.[5][6] His swimming idol is Australian Grant Hackett.[7][8]

Zhang is an alumnus of Beijing 101 Middle School.[9]Since 2016, Zhang has been studing in Beijing Sport University.[10]



Zhang specializes in the 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m freestyle events. Zhang was selected for the national team in 2002.

At the 2003 World Aquatics Championships, he was the only Chinese male swimmer to reach the individual finals, finishing in eighth place. In 2005, he broke China's 400 freestyle record at the National Games, and was crowned 200 and 1,500 freestyle champion.

Zhang Lin won a silver medal in the men's 400 meter freestyle at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a time of 3:42.44, 0.58 seconds behind gold medalist South Korean Park Tae-hwan, and making him at the time the third fastest 400 meter freestyler in history (and setting a Chinese Record in the process). Zhang's silver was the first Olympic swimming medal ever by a Chinese male swimmer.[11]

At 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Zhang won a bronze medal in the men's 400 meter freestyle and a gold medal in the men's 800 meter freestyle (7:32.12); the gold medal finish was a world record and the first time ever by a Chinese male in a world swimming competition in the past 73 years.[12][13][14][15] Zhang was named 2009 Pacific Rim Male Swimmer of the Year by ’‘Swimming World Magazine’‘, it's also the first Chinese male swimmer to win this award.[16][17]

Zhang is coached by Zhang Yadong[18] and Chen Yinghong.[19] He has also been coached by Australian Denis Cotterell since late 2007, who is the former coach of distance champion Grant Hackett. In the fall of 2011, he trained with Dave Salo at the Trojan Swim Club for a 52-day training camp.[20][21]

Since 2010, Zhang had found that he suffered a rare kind of asthma, and it led his serious decline.[22][23] He didn't attend the 2012 Summer Olympics.[24][25][26]

Zhang announced his retirement around 2013.[27][28]Nowdays he sometimes attends some sport activities.[29][30]


Zhang's greatest rivals are countryman Sun Yang and Korean Park Tae-hwan. They compete in many top-class competitions, including the Olympic Games, FINA World Championships and Asian Games. And all of three are regarded as the greatest Asian male swimmers in history, they set many Asian swimming milestones. Zhang is the first Chinese male swimmer to win the world champion, Olympic medal and hold the world record; Sun is the first Chinese male swimmer to win the Olympic gold medal and hold the world record; Park is the first Asian male swimmer to win Freestyle Olympic gold medal and the first-ever South Korean swimmer to win the Olympic any medals. They also become friends outside the pool.[31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39]

Major achievements[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 父母眼中张琳仍是乖乖男 手上老茧透露训练艰苦 Retrieved 2017-01-10
  2. ^ 张琳·泳坛冠军 Retrieved 2016-12-14
  3. ^ 张琳:给父母买房是心中梦想 Retrieved 2016-12-15
  4. ^ 张琳为妈妈送上99朵玫瑰 Retrieved 2017-01-10
  5. ^ 曝张琳可爱童年照 Retrieved 2016-10-01
  6. ^ 张琳笑称从小“对水有亲和力” 练游泳苦中有乐 Retrieved 2016-10-01
  7. ^ 张琳感慨童年趣事一去不回 Retrieved 2016-12-12
  8. ^ 张琳破中国男泳尴尬 Retrieved 2016-12-14
  9. ^ 北京一零一中学优秀校友 Retrieved 2016-12-17
  10. ^ 张琳透露自己目前在北京体育大学深造 Retrieved 2016-12-18
  11. ^ Zhang Lin wins swimming historic silver medal Retrieved 2016-12-16
  12. ^ 张琳破世界纪录夺冠 中国男子游泳的历史在罗马改写! Retrieved 2016-12-17
  13. ^ 张琳:墙上照片换成偶像哈克特 朴泰桓激励了我 Retrieved 2016-12-17
  14. ^ Zhang Lin, The First Chinese Man Breaks 800 Free World Record Retrieved 2016-12-16
  15. ^ 游泳八传奇:张琳零的突破 Retrieved 2016-12-19
  16. ^ 环太平洋地区年度最佳 张琳09年获殊荣 Retrieved 2016-12-15
  17. ^ 张琳生涯六大高光时刻 Retrieved 2016-12-17
  18. ^ http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Zhang+Lin+elevated+to+iconic+status+in+China&id=MjI4NDc=
  19. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/sports/2009-07/31/content_18241109.htm
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  21. ^ 专访张琳教练:被质疑没有不委屈的 Retrieved 2016-12-15
  22. ^ 张琳哮喘病情运动员中罕见 Retrieved 2016-12-15
  23. ^ 从顶峰跌落谷底张琳怎么了? 体能透支或哮喘突发 Retrieved 2016-12-15
  24. ^ 张琳:成绩不行时没人信任你 遗憾未参加伦敦奥运 Retrieved 2016-12-15
  25. ^ Chinese swimmer Zhang Lin set sights on 2016 Olympic Games Retrieved 2016-12-15
  26. ^ 张琳不堕破浪志 仲永绝非我姓名 Retrieved 2016-12-16
  27. ^ 张琳:英雄迟暮 难说再见 Retrieved 2016-12-19
  28. ^ 张琳告别赛场 26岁的人生这才刚刚开始 Retrieved 2016-12-18
  29. ^ 世界冠军张琳现身重庆游泳节 Retrieved 2016-12-15
  30. ^ 北京游泳 期待下一个张琳 Retrieved 2016-12-19
  31. ^ 孙杨巧答与张琳竞争问题:任何英雄都有落幕一天 Retrieved 2016-12-12
  32. ^ 孙杨:张琳真的非常不容易 Retrieved 2016-12-12
  33. ^ 张琳:孙杨就是为游泳而生的 Retrieved 2016-12-12
  34. ^ 惺惺相惜 朴泰桓鼓励张琳:别失望!别放弃! Retrieved 2016-12-12
  35. ^ 张琳一偿所愿:要换掉朴泰桓照片 Retrieved 2016-12-17
  36. ^ 张琳盛赞朴泰桓世锦赛三金:将成为孙杨最大的对手 Retrieved 2016-12-12
  37. ^ 张琳回应朴泰桓破纪录:很励志 荣幸与他战斗 Retrieved 2016-12-12
  38. ^ 男泳爆发粉丝怀念他 张琳:人生就是磨炼起落很正常 Retrieved 2016-12-14
  39. ^ 张琳他现在在做什么?过得好不好? Retrieved 2016-12-15

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Preceded by
Grant Hackett
Men's 800 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

29 July 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kosuke Kitajima
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
Kosuke Kitajima