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Qing Xu - China's Freestyle Champion

Date: 28-07-2015
Author: Infostrada Sports
Source: Paralympic Movement

Swimming Golden Boy Wins More Precious Metal

China’s sensational 22 year old, S6 paralympic swimming star Qing Xu returned to the UK for the Glasgow 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships recently and left with yet another Gold Medal. 


Qing Xu had shined at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, winning four gold medals and wowing the crowds to become a fans favourite. Previously, Xu won four medals at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, including three golds. He was victorious in the 50m freestyle with a world-record time of 29.78. He broke another world record in the 50m butterfly to take gold in a time of 30.79. And together with his teammates Tang, Du and Yang, Xu swam to another gold and world record, in the 4x50m medley. The Chinese speedster added one more bronze medal, in the 200m individual medley. At the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships, Xu swam to one world title in the 50m butterfly (31.66). He then added one silver medal to his collection in the 50m freestyle. Returning to international swimming in the year after his most successful Paralympic Games, in 2013 Xu added a further three medals at the IPC World Championships.

His latest haul in Glasgow included Gold in the S6 50m Freestyle and Silver in the S6 50m Butterfly, further enhancing his illustrious career and making Xu a firm favourite for more gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Full Biography

(courtesy Infostrada Sports)

Personal Information

Name: XU Qing
Sport: Swimming
NPC: China
Gender: Men
Age: 22
Place of Birth: Pingdingshan, China (27 September 1992)
Height 1.75 m
Weight 65 kg


Further Personal Information
Current Residence: Pingdingshan, China
Occupation: Athlete
Languages: Mandarin

Human Interest

Impairment Information
Type of Impairment: Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment: He lost both arms in a car accident at age six.
Classification: S6, SB7, SM6

Sport Specific Information
When and where did he begin this sport?: He began swimming training in 1995 in Pingdingshan, China.
Why this sport?: He wanted to represent and win honours for his country.
Club / Team: Henan Province, China
Name of Coach: Zhang Honghu [national], CHN
Senior International Debut: 2004
Competing for: China
Tournament: Paralympic Games
Location: Athens

General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement: Winning four gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. 
Most influential person in career: His father.
Hero / Idol: US swimmer Michael Phelps.
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs: He believes that the shark tattoo on the right side of his chest brings him good luck and the ability to swim faster.
Sporting philosophy / motto: "Higher, faster, stronger." 
Ambitions: To retain his titles at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Competition Highlights

Paralympic Games

Result           Year         Event                                                     Time
9                    2004        50m Butterfly S6                                     37.08
1                    2008        50m Freestyle S6                                    29.78
1                    2008        50m Butterfly S6                                     30.79
3                    2008        200m Individual Medley SM6            2:48.45
1                    2008        4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points       2:33.15
1                    2012        200m Individual Medley SM6            2:38.62
1                    2012        50m Freestyle S6                                    28.57
1                    2012        50m Butterfly S6                                     29.90
1                    2012        100m Freestyle S6                               1:05.82

IPC World Championships
Result            Year         Event                                                Time                                   
2                     2010        50m Freestyle S6                                    30.17
1                     2010        50m Butterfly S6                                     31.66
1                     2013        50m Freestyle S6                                    29.56
3                     2013        200m Individual Medley SM6            2:47.13
2                     2013        50m Butterfly S6                                     30.49
2                     2015        50m Butterfly S6                                     31.25
1                     2015        50m Freestyle S6                                    30.18
6                     2015        200m Individual Medley SM6             2:53.40

Huge congratulations to Qing Xu from all at Eduzine Global, on an incredible level of sporting achievement, which demonstrates that the focus should always be on an individual's ability & not any disability.

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Date: 28-07-2015
Author: Infostrada Sports
Source: Paralympic Movement


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