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Lin Li

Full name: Lin Li
Original name: 林 莉
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: October 9, 1970 in Nantong, Jiangsu, China
Country: CHN China
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Until 1992, no Chinese swimmer had won gold at the Olympics, but that changed in Barcelona. One of the four titles that went to China was the 200 individual medley, which was won by Li Lin. Already a double finalist at the Seoul Olympics, Li became a double World Champion in Perth, winning both the 200 and 400 IMs. She could not repeat that performance in Barcelona. After being defeated by Krisztina Egerszegi in the longer event, she countered with a world record in the 200 IM (2:11.65), a performance that would remain unbeaten for five years. She also won a silver in the breaststroke, and reached the B-final in the backstroke, proving her versatility. Eclipsed by compatriots at the 1994 World Championships, she returned to win a bronze medal in the 200 individual medley at the Atlanta Games, retiring a year later. She settled in the United States, where she is a swimming coach in San Jose, California. When the Olympic torch relay passed through San Francisco for the 2008 Games, she was one of the runners to carry the flame.

Results

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 17 Seoul Swimming China B Final 3 2:16.68
1988 Summer 17 Seoul Swimming China Round One Heat Two 1 QC 2:18.11
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Swimming China B Final 4 2:15.38
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Swimming China Round One Heat Six 6 QC 2:15.87

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Swimming China Final 2 2:26.85
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Swimming China Round One Heat Five 5 QU 2:29.99
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Swimming China B Final 8 2:33.45
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Swimming China Round One Heat Five 4 QC 2:30.64

Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 17 Seoul Swimming China Final 7 2:17.42
1988 Summer 17 Seoul Swimming China Round One Heat Four 3 QU 2:17.09
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Swimming China Final 1 WR 2:11.65
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Swimming China Round One Heat Five 1 QU 2:15.68
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Swimming China Final 3 2:14.74
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Swimming China Round One Heat Six 2 QU 2:16.31

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 17 Seoul Swimming China Final 7 4:47.05
1988 Summer 17 Seoul Swimming China Round One Heat Three 5 QU 4:48.89
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Swimming China Final 2 4:36.73
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Swimming China Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:45.74

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1992 Summer 21 Barcelona Swimming China CHN Final 4 4:06.78 1:02.90 1:02.90