Xu Jiayu Bio | Olympics, Backstroke & Net Worth

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Learning from the roots of family and making it into passion, similarly, here is the biography of a swimmer. Having an interest in such passion, this Chinese athlete had also raised the country’s flag at numerous Championships.

Likewise, this athlete, Xu Jiayu, had already represented China in the Olympics two times. Including the Olympics, the swimmer had been honored with the top-ranking positions.

Meanwhile, he is again fully prepared for Olympics 2021. And what do you know, Xu just grabbed the fifth place on Men’s 100m Backstroke held on Tuesday, 27th July. 

With that, he will have another chance to add the medal from the Men’s 200m Backstroke, to be held on Wednesday, 28 July. 

But, overall, Xu Jiayi is still known to be one of the furious swimmers globally.

Xu Jiayu
Xu Jiayu

Besides being a swimmer, Jiayu is one of the most popular celebrities from the People’s republic of China. 

Furthermore, for the maintenance of athletic celebrities, Jiayu also supports his brand endorsements and sponsorships. 

Moreover, as a popular player, Xu Jiayu’s biography is available in 19 different languages. 

Quick Facts

Knowing more about Xu Jiayu’s life, here are some of the quick facts based on his life as shown below:

Full Name Xu Jiayu ( 徐嘉余)
Known as Xu Jiayu
Nickname Jia Yu [Softshell Turtle]
Birth Date August 19, 1995
Birth Place Zhejiang, China
Residence People’s Republic of China
Religion Buddhism
Nationality Chinese
Ethnicity White
Education Sport Studies – Zhejiang College of Sports, Hangzhou, CHN
Horoscope Leo
Language Spoken Mandarin
Hobbies Play video games, watching television
Father’s Name N/A
Mother’s Name Yu Zhenzhen
Siblings 1 (Su Xi)
Age 28 years old
Height 6’2″ (187 cm)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Body type Athletic
Profession Swimmer
Beginning of Professional Career 2012
Retirement N/A
Sports Team Zhejiang province; National Team
Coach Xu Guoyi
Honors Olympics, World Championships, Athlete of the Year- China
Net Worth $1.5 million
Social Media Instagram
Merch  Swimming Gear, Swimming Shoes
Last Update July, 2024

Tokyo Olympics 2021 Update

It is no surprise why Xu is representing China yet again in the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Just today, he grabbed the fifth position in the Men’s 100m Backstroke. 

Xu Jiayu | Personal Life

To start, this Chinese swimmer Xu Jiayu was born on 19th August 1995 in Zhejiang, China. Furthermore, he is the son of former swimmer Yu Zhenzhen.

In fact, it was his mother who taught him to swim from the age of four. Meanwhile, Zhenzhen, who specialized in the butterfly, raised Jiayu along with his sister Xu Si.

Accordingly, Jiayu completed his education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 

Physically, the athlete is 1.87 meters tall with 78 kgs and has a mesomorph body shape, evidence of his athletic life.

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Xu Jiayu | Swimming Career

Above all his contributions, Xu Jiayu is famous for his best performance in every 100-meters backstroke.


On the contrary, Xu Jiayu started to shine when he broke the record on 100-meter backstroke. In the 2014 Chinese Spring National Championships, Jiayu set the world’s fastest time of the year.

The same year, winning the 50-meter backstroke, Jiayu ranked third among the world records.

World Championships

Starting from the year 2013, the swimmer won World Championships in London for the 200-meter backstroke. Similarly, in 2015, despite getting medals, Jiayu was left with the 3rd and 6th positions.

Subsequently, Xu finally made up to the top on his World Championships in Budapest, 2017.

There, Xu grabbed the gold medal. Meanwhile, in his tough competition, there were competitors like USA’s Matt Grevers and Ryan Murphy.

Xu Jiayu on his achievements
Xu Jiayu on his achievements

In addition, there he also received a bronze medal in the 400-meter mixed medley relay. On the other side, Xu finished up with the 5th position for the 200-meter backstroke.

Accordingly, Xu finished up with a runner-up position for 100 backstrokes. And Bronze for the 400 freestyle relay for the 2018 SHort Course World Championship. Thus, Jiayu finished with sixth in the 200 backstrokes.

Notwithstanding, Xu successfully for the year 2019 World Championships, ranked the first position. After been in championships for 10 years, Xu left American Ryan Murphy in second.

There, Xu Jiayu touched the wall first at 52:43 for the 100-meter backstroke.


Namely, back in the 2012 London Olympics, Xu only got a chance to participate. It’s because that year, China focuses mainly on entering more athletes into events to maximize swims.

Meanwhile, Xu entered for the only 200-meter backstroke. There, he ended up on 8th, completing 28th position overall.

Afterward, in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Xu received his first-ever Olympic medal. At the same time, he was competing in the 100-meter backstroke though, Americans surrounded him on Podium.

In addition, for Olympics 2021, Xu Jiayu is ready to heat up and give his best.

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Xu Jiayu | Net Worth

Without a doubt, Xu Jiayu is one of the richest swimmers from the People’s Republic of China. And, by the richest lists including, Forbes and Business Insider, Jiayu’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million.

Having such an amount of net worth, Jiayu also keeps those for charity events and donations.

Xu Jiayu | Awards and Achievements

  • 100-meter backstroke, 2016 Olympics (Silver)
  • 100-meter backstroke, 2017 & 2019 World Championships (Gold)
  • 400-mixed medley relay, 2017 World Championships (Bronze)
  • 100-meter backstroke, Short course 2018 World Championships (Silver)
  • 800-freestyle relay, Short course 2018 World Championships (Silver)
  • 50, 100, 200 back, 400 Medley Relay, 400 Mixed Medley Relay & Asian Games (Gold) – 2018
  • Athlete of China at the 2018 FINA World Aquatics Gala
  • By the Xinhua News Agency: China’s Top 10 Athletes of the Year- 2018
  • By the General Administration of Sport of China: Elite Athlete of International Class- 2013

Xu Jiayu | Social Media Appearances

As a Chinese athlete, Xu seems only active on his Instagram account. But, likewise, there, he posts a glimpse of his athletic life and a few of his personal photos.

Instagram: 1,036 followers (@xujiayu95)

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Frequent Questions (FAQs)

Who is married to Xu Jiayu?

Xu Jiayu is currently unmarried, and there are no dating rumors about him.

To Who Xu Jiayu is more inspired of?

Xu Jiayu has always been inspired and idolizes Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie.

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