(; born February 6, 1985 in Hangzhou
) is a female Olympic medal-winning swimmer
from the People's Republic of China
. She became part of the Chinese national swimming team in 1999, and will compete for Team China
at the 2008 Summer Olympics
International debut and the 2000 Olympics
Yang competed in her big international meet in the 2000 World Short Course Championships in Athens, where she won the 200 freestyle in 1:56.06. Later she qualified to swim at the Sydney Olympics, where she placed 17th in the 200 free (2:01.34).
2001, 02 and 03 World Aquatic Championships
Yang competed at the 2001 Fukuoka World Championships
and won the silver medal in the Women's 200 m Freestyle event (1:58.78), after Australia's Giaan Rooney
(1:58.57). At the 2001 Chinese National Games, she placed 2nd in both the 100 (54.94) and 200 free (1:58.71).
In the 2002 World Short Course Championships in Moscow, Yang took gold in the 4x200 free relay (7:46.30, world record), silver in the 200 free (1:55.34, Asian record) and 200 fly (2:06.10),and bronze in the 4x100 free relay (3:36.18). She won gold in the 200 free (1:58.43), 4x100 free relay (3:40.95), 4x200 free relay (7:58.46) and silver in the 100 free (55.51) at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.
Yang started the 2003 season strongly by posting a world-leading 1:57.70 at the Chinese Nationals in April 2003, but at the 2003 World Championships
, she only managed 3rd in this event (1:58.54). She also took bronze in the... Read More