Zhang Yufei

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Zhang Yufei is a competitive swimmer who represents China internationally. She is a 2x 2021 Olympic champion and 3x Asian Champion.

International Career

2014 Asian Games/Youth Olympics

Zhang had a breakout 2014, starting by helping China to gold in the 4×100 free relay at the Asian Games. She then went to the Youth Olympics, where she helped China to 3 golds in the 4×100 free, medley, and mixed medley relays, as well as earning individual silvers in the 100 and 200 fly.

2015 World Championships

In Kazan, Zhang earned her first world medals, taking bronze in both the 200 fly and as a part of the 4×200 free relay.

2018 Asian Games

At her 2nd Asian Games, Zhang improved on her medal haul, taking gold in the 200 fly and the mixed 4×100 medley relay as well as silver in the 100 fly.

2020 Olympic Games

After moving through prelims and semi-finals being seeded first, Zhang Yufei swam her best time yet in the 100 fly final on night 2, touching at 55.64, just .05 behind Maggie MacNeil to earn silver.

Zhang was back in the 200 fly, moving easily through prelims and semis to take the top seed headed into the final. In the final, Zhang was out like a shot, touching at 26.9 at the 50 and 58.2 in at the 100. She didn’t slow down, maintaining her large lead from start to finish to touch at 2:03.86 for a new Olympic record and her first Olympic gold.

Just an hour after her historic 200 fly, Zhang was back in the pool with China, splitting 1:55.66 on the 3rd leg of their 800 free relay to help them win gold in a new world record, 7:40.33.

2022 World Championships

Zhang started her worlds off strong, winning bronze medal in the 100 fly on night 2. She clocked a 56.41 to finish 3rd behind Torri Huske and Marie Wattel.

In the 200 fly, Zhang was out fast in the semi-final and faded toward the end of the race but held on to qualify for the final. In the final, she had a similar strategy but held off most of the field this time, clocking a 2:06.32 to earn bronze.

Zhang won her 3rd bronze medal of the championships on night 7 in the 50 fly, clocking a new Asian record of 25.32. Later in that same session, Zhang swam the semis of the 50 free, tieing for 5th place and advancing to the final.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Gold 200 Fly 2020 Olympic Games
Gold 800 Freestyle Relay 2020 Olympic Games
Silver 100 Fly 2020 Olympic Games
Bronze 200 Fly 2015 World Championships
Bronze 800 Freestyle Relay 2015 World Championships
Bronze 400 Mixed Medley Relay 2017 World Championships
Bronze 50 Fly 2022 World Championships
Bronze 100 Fly 2022 World Championships
Bronze 200 Fly 2022 World Championships
Bronze 200 Fly 2016 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 Medley Relay 2018 Short Course World Championships
Gold 400 Freestyle Relay 2014 Asian Games
Gold 200 Fly 2018 Asian Games
Gold 400 Mixed Medley Relay 2018 Asian Games
Silver 100 Fly 2018 Asian Games

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 50 Fly 25.32 06/24/22 2022 World Championships
Budapest, Hungary
lcm 100 Fly 55.62 09/29/20 2020 Chinese Championships
Qingduo, China
lcm 200 Fly 2:03.86 07/28/21 2020 Olympic Games
Tokyo, Japan
Zhang Yufei Swimming 2022 FINA 19th World Championships Budapest Budapest, Duna Arena 06/19/22 Photo Fabio Cetti Zhang Yufei (photo: Jack Spitser) Zhang Yufei (photo: Jack Spitser) Zhang Yufei (photo: Jack Spitser) Zhang Yufei (photo: Jack Spitser) Zhang Yufei Chinese national training camp U.C. San Diego (photo: Mike Lewis) Yufei Zhang 2016 FINA short course championships Windsor Canada (photo: Mike Lewis)